Audi's self-driving car navigates hotel parking garage at CES

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Jan 9, 2013
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  1. Audi demonstrated a self-driving car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that is capable of driving itself to and from a parking space all by pressing a button in a smartphone app. The car looks like any other...

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Guru Posts: 440   +86

    Freaking amazing! James bond type of stuff. Hopefully they get it together.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Hey maybe if we all drive cars like this the DUI law will be abolished.
  4. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    It would have to be a flawless system. I think it is decades away from being commonplace.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    I think driving cars like this is also decades away. I was just kidding in my previous post.
  6. Like people that might get a DUI will be able to afford this car. Getting a DUI shows some type of immaturity.
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,646   +405

    "The car was able to drive without a human driver by relying on a series of laser scanners strategically positioned throughout the parking garage."

    So if you want to park anywhere new you have to run ahead of the car and install lasers :p
    Not really a very complete solution for self driven vehicles.
  8. What would happen if 2 self driving cars were trying to back up and they each sensed each other, how would they resolve to figure out which one would go first?
  9. I have to be honest this is not really that impressive. The same technology has been used in the automation industry for years now.

    I was installing production lines with fully automated FLT's (Fork Lift Trucks) using exactly the same system 10 years ago and I am sure they have been in the car industry for much longer.

    They have basically taken the technology they already use to automate their plant equipment (ie material delivery to manufacturing points etc) and thrown it into an expensive car.

    As said above, this system in reality (at the moment anway) is impractical anywhere outside a building/area with the correct sensors.

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