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An Audi A7 loaded with radar, laser sensors and cameras is taking itself from San Francisco to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show - and the company says that the feature will be available for sale within a few years.

Audi’s driverless car is taking itself on a 550-mile road trip to Las Vegas today to attend the Consumer Electronics Show.

The specially-adapted Audi A7, nicknamed Jack, comes with a long-range radar which can spot objects ahead of it as well as two rear-facing and two side-facing radar sensors. As a back-up it also has a laser scanner hidden behind the front grille.

As well as these it has a 3D camera facing forward and four others around the car.
It can handle motorway driving autonomously, changing lanes, braking and accelerating without any input from humans up to a limit of 70mph. When it arrives at the edge of a town or city, however, it alerts the driver and requests that he or she take over. If they do not resume control then it indicates, pulls over to the side of the road and stops.

The feature, called Piloted Driving, will be available on production cars within a few years, says the company.

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The car has two buttons on the steering wheel, which, when pressed simultaneously, will switch the car into autonomous driving mode.

The trip will five test drivers and take two days. Yesterday it drove from San Francisco to Bakersfield in California, and later today it will complete its journey to Las Vegas where it will arrive at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Californian Department of Motor Vehicles gave the car a licence under the “autonomous vehicle testing program”

Daniel Lipinski, Audi’s head of development on the project, said: “My expectation is that I’ll get extremely bored after a couple of minutes, because that’s what we want to show.
“We want to show how the vehicles drives in scenarios where the customer, his load is going down and you don’t want to drive because it’s too boring.”

Jason Harper, a Fortune Magazine reporter who drove in the car on the first day said: “The technology works, it absolutely works, which is exciting. You get comfortable with it. Pretty soon you start talking and looking around and enjoying yourself. ”


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Cars get smart at CES

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Car companies had more of a presence at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas than ever before. Here are just some of the ways that carmakers are upping the ante on automotive tech.

Cars that don't need you

Driverless cars won't be hitting the roads anytime soon, but they hit the show floor in a big way. As CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports, Audi rolled into CES with a car that drove itself from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, and BMW's electric prototype will find its own parking space.

Meanwhile Mercedes showed off a new concept car that is so comfortable with its autonomy that the driver's seat faces backward. Its interior panels are covered in touch screens and any navigating you might actually do can be accomplished through eye movements and hand gestures.

Improving control over the control

BMW and Volkswagen showed off dashboard panels that put the hands back in hands-free. The displays use gesture recognition so drivers can adjust the volume of the stereo, or take and dismiss phone calls with simple waves of the hand.

Cars that self-diagnose

Chevrolet revealed new diagnostic technology that can predict when certain engine components need attention and alert the driver before it starts affecting the car's performance. Slated to appear in Tahoes, Suburbans, Corvettes and other models later this year, it will start with a focus on the battery, starter motor and fuel pump before being expanded to other parts.

Connected, even when you're not in the car

Nokia's HERE navigation subsidiary partnered with BMW to create cloud-based services that start before you get in the car and keep going after you get out. "Intelligent Drive" syncs mapped routes between your mobile phone and the dashboard nav, recommends where and when to fuel up and park, and helps you get from your spot to your final destination on foot.

Preventing accidents

Going beyond vehicle-to-vehicle communication, Volvo is developing technology that alerts drivers to the possibility of a collision with a cyclist, and vice versa. Coordinating GPS locations from the car and the biker's smartphone in the cloud, an algorithm determines the potential for an accident and alerts the driver via head's up display on the windshield and warns the biker by flashing LEDs and enabling vibration in a Bluetooth-connected helmet.

"Connected safety is a totally new domain," Klas Bendrik, Group CIO at Volvo Cars told CBS News. "We are taking the next step in connecting road users outside the vehicle. We are protecting the unprotected."

"To bring this to a large scale, there needs to be standardization of how to communicate these types of solutions," he continued. "We are not waiting. We want to be in the lead of the technology."

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Hmmm, oyibo people have gone far sha...with the rate that we are going, it will take decades before such technology becomes feasible in Nigeria
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Hmmm, oyibo people have gone far sha...with the rate that we are going, it will take decades before such technology becomes feasible in Nigeria

Na so my oga.  Our roads na so so pot holes here and there and even cars with drivers get head-ache not to talk of one without driver.  Who go repair am when he get flat tyres?
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