Cars That Are Almost Self-Driving

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These Vehicles Can Almost Drive Themselves

There is no such thing as a self-driving car. Let’s make that clear right away, not a single car on the road today can operate in all types of weather and driving conditions without any human intervention. That type of vehicle, one with what’s called Level 5 autonomy (which we'll explain in further detail later), remains years into the future.

This doesn’t mean many cars on sale today don’t have impressive technology that’s making them increasingly smarter and safer. Some of these driving aids are targeted at reducing driver stress, by taking over some or all steering functions, or automatically matching the car’s speed to posted road signs.

Certain systems, like Cadillac’s Super Cruise, can only be used within specific parameters, such as pre-mapped divided highways with dedicated on- and off-ramps. There are also a number of active safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, that help minimize the risk of an accident by stopping the car if sensors detect an obstacle. 

While the era of robot cars hasn’t yet arrived, let’s look at examples of self-driving technology available today.

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