Anticipated Future for Autonomous Cars
We here at Elgin Volkswagen are big fans of the idea of “saving time” for ourselves by letting our car drive us to our destination. Having a vehicle drive on its own would be a great opportunity to read, nap, surf the internet, play video games, meditate, or just plain chill.
We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars being worked on for a few years now, and original optimistic predictions said they’d be here by 2020. Well, 2020 has come and gone, and we still have to put our feet, hands and brains to work piloting our vehicles to the dealership each morning. When will self-driving cars actually be available?
While experts agree that there will be a time in the future when autonomous driving cars are the norm, they disagree on the timeline as to when that will come to fruition. Currently, the only truly self-driving cars in action are a few research vehicles out on the road. Technology in this area is not developing as fast as expected.
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Progress is still being made, however. Many of the new vehicles on the road today are already considered to be “the building blocks of driverless cars.” Some top-tier incarnations of the latest rides boast autonomous driving modes that can do things like automatically control cruise control, automatically change lanes, and automatically brake. Some vehicles even have the ability to drive “hands-free” on the highway and in other select situations. With each passing year, computer-processing capabilities and sophisticated artificial intelligence systems become more advanced and affordable.
Our favorite automaker, Volkswagen, recently announced something called Project Trinity, which includes a new vehicular platform that will release in 2026. Project Trinity promises to launch with Level 2+ autonomous driving capabilities. In addition, it will be outfitted with the hardware and software capabilities for up to Level 4, to be put into use when the world is finally ready for it.