Cars That Can Drive Themselves
Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other have developed in parallel with features that enable cars to drive themselves.
The vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected without any accidents. General Motors Co, Honda Motor Co, which owns Acura, and other automakers are working on driver less cars, which is working with automakers to embed greater connectivity in their cars, are accelerating the change.
The two cars use wireless communication and computer-controlled braking and acceleration to keep in close formation on the highway. The convergence of connected and automated technologies also has the potential to reduce vehicle emissions and fuel usage, and bring down vehicle operating and insurance costs.
The system is designed to enable hands-free driving on the way with automatic braking and throttle, as well as using GM's On Star system to provide location, weather and traffic information to the automated systems. And it will be on market late next year .
16-09-2014 08:45 AM