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GM: Autonomous vehicle in final stages

Drivers will soon to be able to head to auto finance companies, take out a car loan and buy a vehicle that will do the driving for them.

General Motors recently announced that they are in the final stages of developing a semi-autonomous car that is capable of staying in lanes, steering away from dangers, applying the brakes when needed and decreasing the chance of an accident.

The company said the new technology can be seen as early as the 2015 model year.

“The vehicle can take complete control and take you to your destination – in comfort, and safety, and security,” Don Butler, vice President of Marketing for Cadillac told ABC News. “We can foresee the day when vehicles will be able to completely avoid collisions.”

Butler added that steering, speed and direction will all be controlled by the vehicle. Drivers don’t have to have their foot on the brake or on the gas and can look away the entire ride if they want. If they want they can take over control of the vehicle at any time.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a system called intelligent co-pilot that uses semi-autonomous technology in cars. MIT underwent 1,200 trials that had a semi-autonomous car heading right for a construction barrel. The few times the car hit the barrels were due to camera errors.

via Auto Finance News.

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