February 11, 2008
Posted: 11:05 AM ET
Actually, no driver! While on assignment at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, I went for a spin in the GM robot car, the winner of last year's Urban Challenge competition in which vehicles autonomously navigate 60 miles of a mock urban environment.
Carnegie Mellon University's vehicle "Boss" won that competition and the $2 million prize. General Motors helped build "Boss" and they believe that an autonomous vehicle is the future of automobile. GM says it could take up to 10 years to get some of these technologies fully integrated in every day cars. Lexus already has a car that parallel parks itself and other vehicles have lane departure warning systems and cruise controls that adjust your relative speed. So an autonomous vehicle may not be a far fetched idea after all.
What do you think of a car that drives by itself? It would sure be easier to eat, shave and put on make-up while our cars drive us to work, right?
-Paulo Nogueira, Producer, CNN Sci-Tech
Check out this videoas Dr. Chris Urmson from Carnegie Mellon University demonstrates how "Boss" navigates through a demonstration track.
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