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.