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Old 08-28-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Is this for real??? Has anyone heard about this?

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=107011

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RUSSELSHEIM, Germany General Motors is preparing to launch a revolutionary self-driving system on the 2008 Opel Vectra.

The car will be capable of piloting itself at speeds up to 60 mph in heavy traffic without any input from the driver sitting behind the steering wheel.

GM claims the system, called Traffic Assist, will make driving safer and more relaxing. It uses lasers, a video camera and plenty of computing power to "see" signs, bends, other vehicles and lane markings, and to control the engine, steering and brakes to keep the car in the correct position on the road and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

The system is to become available on more models by the end of the decade initially other cars on the Epsilon platform, including the next Saab 9-3, Cadillac BLS and Saturn Aura. Whether it will be launched in the U.S. will depend on whether administrators deem it safe product liability laws are different in America.

GM expects the package to be about 50-percent more expensive than conventional active cruise control radar equipment, which controls distances but cannot steer the car.

What this means to you: No, it's not April Fool's Day; GM really has developed a self-driving system. Great for traffic jams, but we're not sure about a car driving itself at 60 mph!
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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ive seen prototypes years ago
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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Lenny: "Hey look, Homer's got one of those robot cars."
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:11 PM   #4
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The new S-class is half way there. It senses what the car infront of you is doing. If they slow down, it slows down. If they stop, it stops. Can start going again on its own as well.
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:14 PM   #5
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I can't imagine it being allowed in the US. The first time somebody turns on the system and the car drives into a tree, kiss GM goodbye.

Stupid Lawyers.
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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LMAO, that quote came to mind before I even clicked on the thread!
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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I doubt this would ever be allowed in the US, one reason stated above is if there is one accident caused by this the lawyers will be all over this. Another reason I can see it is insurance companies would lose millions of $ if this system really was perfect.
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:57 PM   #8
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The new S-class is half way there. It senses what the car infront of you is doing. If they slow down, it slows down. If they stop, it stops. Can start going again on its own as well.
BMW has the same thing, and the car doesn't stop...it's simple a "smart" cruise control that keeps a safe following distance if you run up on traffic.

Stupid GM, that's gotta be fake. I'm not trusting my family's life to any company that can't put together a dash or door panel that doesn't fall apart in 2 years.
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Old 08-28-2005, 01:08 PM   #9
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+a billion
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