Volkswagen Looks To Future, Toys With Temporary Autopilot System

When we hear about the future of the automotive world, one thing stays consistent: in the future there will be flying cars and self-driving cars. While we may not be near to Jetsons-like skymobiles, Volkswagen is taking us one step closer to autonomous vehicles with its temporary autopilot system.

The system was developed with VW by the HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transportation) project in Sweden. The Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) system works by using a number of passive safety features already found in vehicles such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. However, since it uses the driving aids, the driver always remains in control of the vehicle and can override the system at any time.

The TAP system uses a “pilot mode” similar to active cruise control systems that will keep at a set speed and distance set by the driver and will keep the car continuing within a lane. The system will also slow the vehicle before any bends in the road and has a stop-start mode for driving within traffic. The TAP system can work at speeds up to 80 mph.

Unlike past systems developed by the HAVEit project, the TAP uses only technology that is already in production, and, in theory, could be integrated into vehicles today. What do you think? Is the world ready for a self-driving car? Do you have any interest in even a partial system like the TAP? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Volkswagen

Bryan
I also agree that this is a terrible idea. It's bad enough how often people don't pay attention to the road and the other vehicles they share it with, this system will do nothing but enable lazy and careless drivers. Mercedes is on the right track by creating systems that correct and save a driver from their own carelessness and stupidity instead of enabling it (appropriate since Mercedes are often bought by people with more money than sense).
Ryan
While fun to think about for a half-a-second, it's gimmicky and gives idiots even more excuses to think they don't have to keep their eyes on the road...besides, I've looked recently at VW during my new car hunting and think they have much bigger issues to worry about - like the subpar quality and materials used in the interiors of their new vehicles.
STEVE
YEAH, NOT QUITE YET, VWoA NEEDS TO WORK ON OTHER ISSUES! (LIKE WHAT THEIR CUSTOMERS ACTUALLY WANT, AND NOT WHAT THEY WANT.) WISH VW (GERMANY) WOULD TAKE AWAY SOME OF VWoA SAY IN WHAT WE GET!
Rob
Please, no. Just no. If you don't want to drive, don't get behind the wheel in the first place. Besides the added cost, which would find their way across the board to everyone, I can see so many things that could go wrong. Just focus on quality and durability.

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