The Car that Drives Itself

By Errol Pierre-Louis  |  Posted 2006-07-13 Print this article Print

Volkswagen's new prototype Golf GTi '53 plus one, steers, brakes, and accelates without any human intervention.

If you liked Herbie the Love Bug, then youll love Volkswagens self-driving VW Golf GTi 53 plus 1. The German auto-maker took the concept of the lovable car with a mind of its own off the silver screen and onto the streets with this new prototype, initially built to help VW engineers test out vehicles. It can steer, brake, and accelerate up to 150 mph without any human intervention.

The most salient point though, is how the GTi 53 finds its way. It isnt remote-controlled or preprogrammed: It uses grill-mounted radar and laser sensors to read the road and send back details to the cars computer, and a GPS navigation system can pinpoint the cars position to within an inch. To help convince naysayers, VW invited guests to put the car to the test by designing their own roadcone courses and watching the GTi zip through on its own.

Read the full story on TechnoRide: The Car that Drives Itself
Errol Pierre-Louis is an editorial intern at PC Magazine, also writing for the Gearlog and TechnoRide Web sites. Pierre-Louis is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in English. He has been a staff writer for the Georgetown Voice as well as a contributor to Georgetown's The Fire This Time.

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