Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Most of us dream of eliminating the time-consuming daily chore of driving our cars to the office. But if you could sit in the back of your car and work while it drives you to the office, would you do it?
Engineers from General Motors Corp. said recently that fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and that automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
“We believe that the world [of driving] will be autonomous on demand,” Alan Taub, vice president of global research and development for GM. “There will still be fun-to-drive situations. People do enjoy driving, but not all the time.”
Taub says that many of the technologies for
self-driving vehicles are already in place, and that the ones that aren’t will be available by mid-decade. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping technologies are popping up on vehicles. And accident avoidance — the ability to commandeer the brakes and steering wheel — is coming very soon. Those features, he said, lay the groundwork for complete autonomy.