Say Goodbye to Driving! Ford Will Have Self-Driving Vehicles in 5 Years
Fully-autonomous self-driving cars. As enthusiasts, we cringe at the possibility of never being able to drive again. At this year’s CES, Mark Fields talked with The Wall Street Journal about autonomous cars, and he says that they’ll be on the streets in less than five years.
Self-driving cars already exist, in a sense. You can purchase a 2015 F-150 with active lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control. You can be driving down the highway, enable both systems, and be able to remove your had from the wheel and your feet from the pedals. If you catch up with a car, the truck will slow down and pace the car in front of you automatically. If you start to stray from your lane, the system will steer you back into line.
Some journalists just drove a highway-autonomous Audi A7 to CES. Tesla has their Autopilot system. All of the technologies exist today to make a self-driving car a reality.
So why don’t we seem them already for purchase? There are, of course, legal issues involved, especially in the event of a crash. But also, people don’t like rapid change. Over the past few years, manufacturers have been slowly introducing these new autonomous technologies into vehicles. This slow roll out doesn’t shock the public, but eases them into allowing the new technologies into their lives.
Let’s face it, for most of us, highway driving is boring. I know I’d prefer a twisty back road to go driving on, rather than a commute in stop-and-go traffic. It’s those boring situations where it’d be kind of nice to hand over control to the car. But you’ll have to pull the steering wheel out of my cold, dead hands.
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via [The Wall Street Journal]