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Audi Honored as “Disruptive” Company

MIT singles out German maker's “Piloted Driving” system.

by on Feb.20, 2013

Audi's Piloted Driving system was singled out by MIT as a particularly promising technology.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology publication “Technology Review” is sending kudos to Audi by naming the German maker as one of its “50 Most Disruptive Companies” for Audi’s ongoing hands-off driving project.

Audi unveiled the so-called “Piloted Driving” system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year and the system basically is an extension of the company’s adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist features.

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Audi noted at the time the “Piloted Driving” car, an A6 wagon, was designed to aid drivers caught in heavy traffic and could be ready for sale within a decade. The traffic-jam assist system previewed at CES does not feature fully autonomous driving. Audi leaves the driver in charge of the vehicle since the system only works in sub-40-mph situations on highways.


California Readies Autonomous Driving Bill

Will authorize testing of driverless vehicles.

by on May.24, 2012

California State Sen. Alex Padilla in a Google autonomous vehicle prototype.

With both Democrats and Republicans in rare agreement, autonomous driving is coming a lot closer to reality in California.

By a vote of 37-0, the California State Senate approved a bill that would next establish guidelines on and oversight of self-driving vehicles.

The bill charges the Department of the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles with providing recommendations to the legislature on “the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on
California’s public roads” with and without a licensed driver present.

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However, the driverless provision can’t come into effect until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration draws up federal guidelines on autonomous cars operated without an operator at least ready to take over in the event of an emergency.