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Self-Driving Cars May Be Closer Than We Think

By Lipton Law on April 24, 2012 - No comments

The idea of a car that drives itself belongs, for many people, in a science-fiction future that they’ll never live to see. But self-driving cars might start popping up on the market in as little as three years, according to a recent article in Market Watch.

Southfield New Car TechnologySafety systems, like cameras that watch what’s behind the vehicle, sensors that warn when the vehicles is too close to other vehicles or obstacles, course correction to keep vehicles in their lanes, and systems that allow the vehicle to make emergency stops more quickly are all available on many cars currently sold in the U.S. However, automakers have put more effort into researching ways to integrate these systems to allow the car to pilot itself – research that some say is now paying off.

For instance, General Motors is currently working on a system that allows vehicles to take over a substantial part of the driving, including automatically adjusting to leave safe space between the car and the one ahead of it, keep the vehicle in its lane, and brake or adjust to changing road conditions. The system, which can be turned on or off by the driver, may be available on GM’s Cadillac line as soon as 2015, according to the automaker. Automakers hope these systems will help improve safety, decreasing the number of serious accidents motorists suffer each year.

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