By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 06, 2013 05:12 PM EST
Driving a car can be fun as much as it can be dangerous, so when car manufacturers like Toyota and Audi announce that they are preparing to display new self-driving cars at CES, one should take notice.
Getting a car to drive itself like in the movies, is something that has been in the works for years, more notably by Google. However, Google doesn't yet manufacture cars, so if anyone is out looking to jump into a self-driving car, it probably won't be running on Google's software.
The most likely self-driving cars you'll be driving could be those from Toyota and Audi. Both companies are slowly preparing vehicles to show to the public at CES next week, however, only one is expected to do a lot of self-driving while the other merely assists the driver.
Toyota plans to bring a version of its luxury Lexus LS sports car to the show floor. This vehicle is expected to have a spinning radar atop the car along with camera equipments placed at the front. This set up appears to be very similar to Google's own self-driving car initiative. The car also feature a technology called Transport Systems, this allows the car to communicate with other vehicles on the road, how slick is that?
Audi's take on a self-driving car is not as ambitious, the company plans to take small steps before it goes all out. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company will bring a car that has the ability to find a parking space on its own, along with parking itself. This is good, because they are so many drivers out there who have no idea how to park a car properly, these are the kind of people who should take a look at what Audi has to offer.
With car manufacturers taking self-driving cars seriously along with Google's presence, full self-driving cars without the need for human contact could be out in just a few decades from now.