Ours is an automobile dominated society and most of us couldn’t imagine what we would do without our cars. Henry Ford, the Studebaker brothers, Ransom Olds, the Duesenberg brothers and Charles Nash all would be astounded at the modern automobile and innovations on the horizon may change driving as we know it. According to ExtremeTech, Ford predicts that driverless cars will be a way of life in 2017.
Google Developing Driverless Automobile
Google has mad headlines with its driverless car project. It isn’t the only one out there working of driverless car technology, Google is the most prominent. And because of that, their driverless cars steal a lot of the spotlight. The family of driverless cars has been driven over 300,000 miles now without incident). The gears are already in motion for self-driving cars to hit the roadway as soon as the technology is deemed stable. Google’s already been talking to automakers in Detroit, and have begun to get patents as well..
Ford Developing Traffic Jam Assist
If you think all the hubbub about Google’s fancy self-driving cars is just a fleeting novelty, Ford, it of the automobile industry, thinks you should check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Ford expects that smart car technology called Traffic Jam Assist will help reduce traffic by at least 37.5%. In other words, if you commute an hour on a freeway during rush hour, your commute would drop down to 38 minutes thanks to self-driving cars. Aside from giving you back some time on your life, Traffic Jam Assist can handle unforeseen events like a car cutting you off.
Take a look at the demo of Ford’s Traffic Jam Assist technology in the video below.
- Google’s driverless car probably a better driver than me now (tobiasbuckell.com)
- Google’s Driverless Car Is Now Safer Than the Average Driver (mashable.com)
- Google’s Self-Driving Cars Log 300K Miles, Add a Lexus to the Family (webpronews.com)
- The Positive and Negative Effects of the Google Driverless Car (soshable.com)
- Consumer Watchdog Says We Are Google’s Product (webpronews.com)