Jan 19 2011The Future, It's Now: Self-Driving Automobiles


Seen here driving like most @$$holes I see around here looking a little too happy for a guy who's still gonna spill scalding coffee on his nuts when the truck in front of him stops, a man demonstrates the luxury of a self-driving car. Like we're supposed to believe he wouldn't be masturbating!

Self-driving cars have left the realm of science fiction thanks to the European Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project and a little help from the safety-obsessives at Volvo.

SARTRE has been researching and developing a new system that enables a convoy of cars to be autonomously led behind a vehicle manned by a professional driver. The lead vehicle of the "train" isn't anything special - just a cargo truck - but the Volvo S60 on his six is outfitted with a range of sensors, monitors and motors which allow it to follow in its path. A network of these vehicles could tuck in behind each other and allow the drivers to sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee and get through the morning paper on their way to work. Some version of the system is expected to become a reality by 2020

So, uh, I still have to trust the lead-truck driver to not steer all us lemmings off a cliff? I'm not sure how I feel about that. Wait, yes I do, and I don't like it. "But GW, think of the possibilities!" Right, like still crashing into a ditch while texting? Thanks but no thanks, Road Trains, but I'd rather get tangled in power lines jetpacking to work any day.

4:00 video that I may or may yes have only watched 1:00 of after the jump.

Watch This: SARTRE self-driving auto train hits the road [translogic]

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He needs a kindle.

And it runs on... Windows XP Home Edition

soo...its basicly a fancier expensive bus.

what's up with all this FUTURE talk, GW?

THIS IS A ROBOT! How can you even think of approving?

Louis of http://aprettyage.blogspot.com/

that a windows logo i see?
no way my ass would get into THAT! :D

Or save everyone money and resources and ride a bus.

yep just ride the bus or catch a cab or if you wanna be fancy hire a limo


Once we replace truck drivers, delivery drivers, cab drivers, etc., with machines we will realize that those people did the most important jobs of all . . . paid the taxes that keep gov't going, and bought the junk that drives the economy.

I think the google version sounds better and more practical. What do I know though, I'm just a human.

1st: Soon we humans will become obsolete and the robots will realize this and will attack us and kill off 75% human population and will become our supreme overlords and force us to do tedious jobs like being truck drivers, bus drivers, delivery drivers and cab drivers. How ironic no?

2nd: Windows is not a good choice! When Winblows crashes that Volvo crashes!
stick with Linux fools!

3rd: The Future Is Now My Ass! Screw self-driving automobiles! Where are the damn hover boards and self lacing Nike's damn it! When those come out on the market that's how we will know the future is truly here! GW you must be ashamed!

so what happens when a deer jumps out in the road between the truck and the first car? Do all of the cars just "continue" through the accident site, causing a massive pile up? How about ice and snow? Aw hell.... honestly I just enjoy driving to much to let a damn computer do it for me.

@12 I agree, google seems to have done much better in a shorter amount of time.

Finally... a car for women! Somebody had to go there :)

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tss tss...yeah but it runs on windows what if it crashes or sumpthin....get it?...tss tss.....

Wow this is stupid. It takes the worst aspects of cars and buses and combines them together into... a really bad idea.

@ #10, transport is important thats why they are looking to replace the brain dead drones behind the wheel with computers. How much safe will the highways be.

Even if the lead driver is the safest driver ever, if he had a heart attack or something, that's going to be an awful lot of dead people...

This made me think of The Human Centipede.!.!.

Wait, did they say 2020? I thought these things were already functional from all the people I've seen reading books or newspapers and such while driving. Oh well, you learn something new every day!

On Windows? Really? Damn, I'd rather just let go steering wheel.

If I ever get killed by one of these driverless cars the oh boy am I going to sue someone.

In all seriousness what does the term GW mean?

ok windows..........im so not stepping in that car if someone wants it set on autopiloT.


Will that's just a waste of money. Seriously, who follows people places enough to warrant a lead driver?

How stupid is that? What happens when the first truck gets into an accident? All following cars careen to their deaths? So many accidents will happen that could be avoided. PS... take a damn bus FFS. OR Make buses with personal areas for each driver. Would that not be much more efficient and accomplish the same exact thing?

Hey (f)aggots learn to read.. better yet watch the video in its entirety before making stupid ass assumptions.. The cars are also fitted with proximity sensors and what not as a fail safe.. (f)uckin tards all thinking they are armchair field geniuses.. there's a reason you dumb (f)ucks are sitting behind your monitor in your mommas basement reading these geek blogs..

Every time I scroll past the picture I think it's Cash Cab.

I only have one question, when can I put this in a Dodge Challenger?

In Soviet Russia...

clearly a part of kissingers depopulation scheme.

ya dis idea wil b a great idea mainly 4 da one who dnt knw driving

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