Chinese luxury car can drive itself, apparently

15 09 2006

The Car Apparently Chinese auto company FAW has developed a car that can drive itself around city streets with no driver necessary. It’s been tested at speeds of up to 37 mph, but the company claims it can get going up to 93 mph, which is about 90 mph faster than I feel comfortable with a self-driving car going. It comes loaded with two onboard cameras to make sure it doesn’t hit too many schoolchildren and has a computer to handle all the processing that I assume is necessary when a car is driving itself around. It apparently can recognize the environment quite well, including lines in the street, different lighting conditions, and people. Who knows how well this thing can actually do, but I remain highly skeptical. Perhaps if this tech was combined with roads that talk to cars it could become safe. We’ll see.




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