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Old 08-10-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Volkswagen is currently working on a new and astonishing type of vehicle automation: temporary auto-pilot technology. The technology incorporated into these self-driving machines makes the invention of cruise control, in the late-1950s, look like a kindergartner’s macaroni picture. If successful, the technology could allow drivers to simply monitor their vehicles instead of actually driving them.

If all goes well, Volkswagen could have a production model out within two years.In order to achieve such automation, the vehicle utilizes technology like adaptive cruise control, lane assist and a plethora of various sensors to track speed, lane position and proximity to other vehicles. The car, without any assistance from the driver, will be able to maintain speed, keep a safe distance with the vehicle in front of it, remain in the middle of the lane, reduce speed as needed when executing turns and even legally overtake other vehicles. When in auto-pilot mode, the vehicle’s top speed is 80 MPH, which is plenty of speed for anyone who keeps within the confines of the law.

Unfortunately, when the car is released, the auto-pilot technology will not absolve drivers of their primary responsibility. Drivers will be expected to keep a close watch on the vehicle’s behavior, even if they don’t have to do the driving. As such, drivers will not be able to sleep or engage in overly-distracting behaviors like reading or watching television.

If released, the Volkswagen prototype could offer drivers a glimpse into the future. While some people frown at the idea of automated driving, the number of lives that could be saved by removing human error from the roads is unarguable. With the exception of law enforcement agencies and insurance company bigwigs, most would trade manual driving for a society with 90 percent fewer accidents, no drunk driving and safer roads for everyone.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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I don't care how sophisticated computers get, the most sophisticated and adaptive thing in a car is grey matter, not silicon.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
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I think this technology (like the one Google demonstrated a while back) would be great for things like controlled public transit (you could have "lightrail" systems without needing to put in an actual railsystem. It would also really benefit people who need it, like people with disabilities who require specialized equipment to drive. However, I just see this making people *worse* drivers if it's for the mass market. It's already dangerous enough out there. I'm pretty skeptical about this.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:28 AM   #4
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I would like to see something like this available for the highway. Only if it could be engaged after you were safely on the highway, could log in a destination, then be informed and released from the system prior to your exit.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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I think this technology (like the one Google demonstrated a while back) would be great for things like controlled public transit (you could have "lightrail" systems without needing to put in an actual railsystem. It would also really benefit people who need it, like people with disabilities who require specialized equipment to drive. However, I just see this making people *worse* drivers if it's for the mass market. It's already dangerous enough out there. I'm pretty skeptical about this.
Pretty soon we won't need to think about anything, it'll be great.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:56 AM   #6
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And again we lower the bar yet again for the moronic to exist on our roads.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #7
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Oh man! I would hate to have a car with this feature traveling on the same road as I am. People will abuse it one way or the other, and someone will end up dead.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:51 AM   #8
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allow drivers to simply monitor their vehicles
Oh sure, because THATs gonna happen. Every time. Every single time.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:34 PM   #9
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oh ... they are putting MORE electronics in the VW ...
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:00 PM   #10
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Umm, they have been working on this one for a while. Here's the press release on this TAP feature in particular - http://media.vw.com/press_releases/d...ary-auto-pilot

The magic of the VW TAP system is it uses features we already have on most cars - such as radar-cruise control, camera(s) and ultrasonic-based sensors.

Previous research vehicles :
2005 VW Toureg wins DARPA challenge - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA_G...nge_%282005%29

Auto pilot Audi TT-S @ Pikes Peak - http://wot.motortrend.com/audi-takes...peak-8084.html

Helicopter crashes while filming auto pilot TT - http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/17/r...ing-audi-comm/
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The car will automatically limp to VW service when stuff breaks.
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