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Autonomous Cars Almost Ready, Drivers Not So Much
As Gigaom reports, the future is fast approaching.
"There is no technology barrier from going where we are now to the autonomous car," said Jim McBride, a Ford Research and Innovation technical expert who specializes in autonomous vehicle technologies. "There are affordability issues, but the big barrier to overcome is customer acceptance."
Research vehicles with cameras that can see the road in all directions should be more efficient than a driver with just mirrors. Scanning lasers, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and a hive-like network linking thousands of vehicles at once for maximum safety are all elements available today.
"People are more accepting of the idea," Mike Kane, the Ford vehicle engineering supervisor for driver assistance technologies. "They always want their cars to do more. . . . It is going to take a decade before the masses fully accept the autonomous car, but they'll get there."
[Flickr photo via Daniel Dreier]