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Drivers shouldn't expect fully autonomous vehicles just yet

Self-driving cars are on the horizon, but drivers shouldn't expect fully self-driving vehicles immediately

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 18, 2015 @ 7:30 CST

Autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, but drivers shouldn't expect to see fully self-driving vehicles immediately. Public roads and highways aren't yet set up to accommodate autonomous vehicles, so trying to figure out roadway infrastructure will be difficult.


It's going to take additional live driving research to work out a lot of the kinks that must be improved in the years to come. However, the auto industry has plenty of time to show off technological breakthroughs while winning over the public.

A survey from Carnegie Mellon University helps provide additional insight into the type of features drivers want to see from future self-driving technology. Seventy one percent of drivers want an autonomous vehicle to be able to adjust driving habits based on weather, while 57 percent hope self-driving cars are equipped with a driver fatigue warning.

In addition to Google and Apple, Sony and other tech companies are investing more money and research time into developing self-driving vehicles. This sudden addition from the tech world is propelling the industry, with automakers unwilling to lose their research edge to outsiders.

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