AZM Ally Wayne W warns that Audi has developed an autonomous sports car. Developed with assistance from Standford University’s Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab, the goal isn’t necessarily to replace a meat and bones driver. Standford professor Chris Gerdes had this to say:
We are not trying to replace the driver. Instead we want to learn how the best drivers control the car so we can develop systems that assist our robotic driver and, eventually, you and me.
Here’s some video of these guys talking about the robocar.
And here’s actual footage of the test drive.
Holy shit beans! I don’t think I could drive that well up that course.
Honestly, after seeing that demonstration half of me just wants Skynet to drive me around town so I can do other things in the car. It would make commuting to work so much more bearable. Instead of cursing at my fellow drivers for being insane, I could be writing and drawing comics. And road trips would be so much more fun without having to worry about driving. Of course, this also means submitting to the will of Skynet which is a troublesome notion.