Cars that can communicate with each other, hit the brakes when they need to, and steer themselves out of trouble may sound like science fiction. But such high-tech autos were actually demonstrated in New York City recently, during an annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society. According to Energy and Environment Publishing’s Greenwire, such driverless cars can navigate city streets by using several advanced cameras and motion sensors, and without any human touching the wheel. They may not be on your dealer’s showroom anytime soon, but with researchers also working on systems to detect accidents and quickly divert cars away to alternative routes, this might give a whole new meaning to the notion of “smart” cars.
December 25, 2008 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.