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Driverless Cars Estimated To Be On The Streets By 2017

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12/02/2013 11:43 pm
PopWrapped | Technology
Driverless Cars Estimated To Be On The Streets By 2017

Kerri Kwong

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It seems as though the world of artificial intelligence isn't too far behind us now. Volvo will be releasing 100 driverless cars onto the streets of Gothenburg in 2017. These auto-pilot vehicles will be driving on everyday normal roads, with surrounding traffic and pedestrians. These cars will also be able to self-park; just simply stop beside a spot, and your car will automatically park as you desire. A couple months back, a specially made driverless Volvo V60 was test-driven in Westminster, UK, for the first time ever. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the driver is still required to supervise the car, but the car is designed so that he or she can sit back, enjoy, and relax. The driver can also regain control of driving at any time. Of course, these driverless cars aren't designed only for leisure and luxury, but also to significantly reduce wreckless driving and accidents. It has yet to be confirmed which models will be used for the self-drive trial, but the new XC90 SUV may possibly be included for test driving. Some cars now have the ability to break automatically once they sense potential collisions or obstacles approaching the vehicles. The technology required for people to be able to transport from one place to another automatically really isn't too far away. Volvo isn't the only one designing driverless cars. Google (collaborating with the Toyota Prius), Toyota, and Mercedes Benz are also testing cars moving on auto-pilot. You can watch a video of Volvo's self-parking car here. It seems pretty scary to me, but technology like this is inevitable. Are you excited to see these cars on the road? Share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below!


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