The Future of Autonomous Driving?
The International Consumer Electronics Show is happening in Vegas as we speak, and Audi has made a splash with Piloted Driving, its new autonomous vehicle technology.
To demonstrate Piloted Driving, Audi presented an A7 equipped with radars, a laser and a computer to monitor traffic and control steering, braking and acceleration. The technology, which is apparently near production-ready, is designed to keep the car at a set distance from the car in front of it and within its lane lines, at speeds under 40 mph. For urban commuters, sub-40 mph speeds are pretty much the standard speed.
As a driving enthusiast, I remain skeptical of autonomous driving. At least for myself. If the rest of you want to be passengers, that’s fine with me. That will probably keep me safer. I just never want to see human-driven cars go the way of the manual transmission, slowly disappearing amidst the convenience of technology. I doubt that will happen, at least in my lifetime, but I feel the philosophical need to mildly protest anyway.
But if anyone can create dynamic, engaging autonomous technology, it’s Audi. So I wish them well…as long as they don’t shove it down my throat.