By 2015, a Driverless Car for an Accident – Free Ride
American auto maker General Motors is in the final stages of developing a semi autonomous car that can stay in its lane, steer away from danger, apply breaks when needed, completely on its own, nearly eliminating the possibility of an accident.
The company expects the technology to be in cars as early as the 2015 model year. “The vehicle can take complete control and take you to your destination — in comfort, and safety, and security ,” Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac told the ‘ABC News’ .
“We can foresee the day when vehicles will be able to completely avoid collisions,” he said. It’s been a carmaker’s dream since George Jetson, a fictional character from the animated television series, sat in his driverless, flying car. Now, it is just years away.
“I think it’s highly likely that before the end of this decade , we’ll be in driving modes that will be semi autonomous ,” Butler said. “Steering will be controlled by the vehicle. Speed will be controlled by the vehicle . Your direction will be controlled by the vehicle,” he added. The prototype for the new Supercruise feature uses radar, cameras and GPS to drive itself – with a push of a button. Motorists use the car with no hands on the steering wheel and feet off the pedals, and are essentially able to look away entirely.
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