Blog: Now that's how to do 'autonomous car'
Graeme Roberts | 22 April 2015
Here's a really heart-warming story about how some of the technology currently being used to develop autonomous cars was used to really make a former racing driver's day.
Having had a go in some of General Motors' 'blue sky thinking' autonomous cars at a presentation in Shanghai some years ago, I am really looking forward to these becoming a reality though, with the immense infrastructure-readiness required, I do wonder how much I'll see in my lifetime, already being well into my allotted three score and ten.
Autonomous cars will be a boon to those like my wife who would love to drive herself but cannot, due to sight impairment. And people like me who sometimes want to go places, can drive, but would rather not, so I can enjoy a pint or two without risk to life or licence.
Meantime, it was great to see this NBC Nightly News clip showing how clever engineers have managed to put a former racing driver, a quadraplegic since a horrendous accident, back in the driving seat. On a racetrack, too. Not autonomous in the 100% pure sense, but hey, just look at how much fun he's having.
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