Science fiction is becoming a reality at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Our Adam Balkin has the latest on the newest technology of driverless cars.
LAS VEGAS -- Using many current technologies, Audi featured a car that can drive itself. The concept uses features such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control to allow the car to do all the work in traffic up to 40 miles per hour.
"Using a couple of sensors, radar sensor, laser scanner sensors, cameras that we have on board, and trying to recon which car on the left side and right side, where are they headed for, where are you heading for," said Thomas Mueller, Audi. "With the radar we can also look beneath the car in front of you and see what the car two or three cars in front of you is doing, and putting all of this together will give it the most probable path."
Last year, a trunk full of gear was needed to make it work. Now, an entire lot is devoted to the concept at this year's CES. Self-driving cars are becoming much closer to reality than ever before.
There is even a mock parking to show how the Valeo system can show the driverless valet system. All you do is get out of your car, swipe your smartphone, and your car will be parked.
"You can leave it at the entrance of a car park or in front of a shop's door, and the car will go off and completely park itself giving you a gain of up to 10 to 15 minutes," explained Harald Barth, Valeo.
The Navia shuttle comes with good and bad news. It won't be able to buy one for yourself, but you may be able to ride in one by the end of the year.
"It's a people mover, so it's not a personal car. It's a public transport for the first and last mile for business campuses, universities," explained Max Lefevre, Induct.
Developers say they have taken orders for the Navia, but didn't say where they will be used.