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mrgq 09-14-2006 03:32 AM

FAW -Chinese luxury car can drive itself
FAW is back in the news

Apparently Chinese auto company FAW has developed a car that can drive itself around city streets with no driver necessary. It's been tested at speeds of up to 37 mph, but the company claims it can get going up to 93 mph, which is about 90 mph faster than I feel comfortable with a self-driving car going. It comes loaded with two onboard cameras to make sure it doesn't hit too many schoolchildren and has a computer to handle all the processing that I assume is necessary when a car is driving itself around. It apparently can recognize the environment quite well, including lines in the street, different lighting conditions, and people. Who knows how well this thing can actually do, but I remain highly skeptical. Perhaps if this tech was combined with roads that talk to cars it could become safe. We'll see. Adam Frucci

phaeton 09-14-2006 07:40 AM

VW released have tested a self driving car the Golf GTI 53+1 is capable of 150mph by itself.
VW plan to use the technology to replace test drivers so cars can reach full potential at high speed testing etc.

more on GTI 53+1

Also VW and Stanford Uni are researching a Passat Wagon that will drive itself around LA.
The pair won the 2005 DARPA challenge with Stanley the self driving Touareg.

more on self driving Passat

more on VW @ 2005 Darpa Challenge

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