Automatic Lane Changing
Cars are coming to market now that can automatically stay in their own lane and maintain a proper distance from the vehicle ahead. Some can even safely change lanes automatically on the highway when the driver switches on the turn signal.
Eventually cars will be able to maintain their cruising speed by automatically pulling out to pass slower vehicles on the highway and then returning to their lane.
Each step requires more sensors, more computing power and an increasingly sophisticated ability to analyze conditions around the vehicle, notes Carsten Hass, engineering manager for automated driving at ZF TRW. Hass says fully automated steering capabilities that work under virtually all driving conditions are at least 20 years away.
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