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Is autonomous car tech driving us around the bend?

By: Marc da Motta | 30 Jan 2013 10:48
Are we ready for a future not too dissimilar to that portrayed in Minority Report? I'm not referring to bald people predicting murders before they occur, but rather to cars that don't need us - the drivers. Being a big fan of driving myself, this is a question that naturally presented itself when I read news of Audi's new autonomous car system.
Audi itself prefers to call it a "piloted" system, reinforcing the idea that these cars should not necessarily be left entirely to their own devices, but that human guidance should still be present to supervise the whole driving experience. The human element is then not altogether done away with, but still present like pilots are with commercial sized airplanes - ready to take the wheel should gremlins suddenly make their presence felt.

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