Robotic Car to Drive CA Highways in 2007

Posted 22 Feb 2006 at 05:40 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Researchers at Stanford University, winners of the Darpa Grand Challenge in 2005, have decided to make a robotic car that can drive in California traffic! As far as I know, this isn't a challenge, only that Stanford is just doing this, but it sounds pretty cool. The actual vehicle model hasn't been selected yet (they're probably waiting to see what freebies they can get from car manufacturers), but it'll probably be a VW Passat wagon. The car will drive by itself (with a human co-driver like just in case!) at highway speeds from San Francisco City hall to downtown Los Angeles in October 2007. Could we see robotic cars driving commuters to work within the next five to ten years? To quote, they say, "We have no intent to kill anybody." That's nice!

Giant robot?, posted 22 Feb 2006 at 09:15 UTC by JamesBruton » (Master)

I suppose this car will qualify as an autonomous giant robot ?

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