Volkswagen shows off self-driving autopilot technology for cars
June 24, 2011 | Source: Motor Authority
Volkswagen has presented its “Temporary Auto Pilot” technology. Monitored by a driver, the technology can allow a car to drive semi-automatically at speeds of up to 80 mph on highways.
It works using a combination of existing technology such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, rolling them all into one comprehensive function.
In the semi-automatic driving mode, the system maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, drives at a speed selected by the driver, reduces this speed as necessary before a bend, and maintains the vehicle’s central position with respect to lane markers. The system also observes overtaking rules and speed limits. Stop and start driving maneuvers in traffic jams are also automated.
Volkswagen’s latest Temporary Auto Pilot is based on a relatively production-like sensor platform, consisting of production-level sensors (radar, camera, and ultrasonic) supplemented by a laser scanner and an electronic horizon.
This means that we could see a production version within the next couple of years.