15. Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

Where will autonomous (and semiautonomous) vehicles go from here?

RELATED TAGS: CARS, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

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Last May a convoy of three cars and one truck glided, without any drivers, onto a Spanish highway. Following a conventionally driven vehicle, the group safely traveled 120 miles, a major move forward in the effort to make self-driving cars commonplace.

The Spanish trip was the latest feat of the European Commission’s Sartre Project, which aims to develop semiautonomous "road trains" that could increase gas mileage, improve traffic flow, and reduce accidents. It was also just one of several dramatic advances in 2012 toward the creation of a viable auto-chauffeur.

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