Looks like CES 2013 might be the year of the driverless car as both Audi and Toyota/Lexus have confirmed they’ll be bringing their new autonomous vehicles to the show. Move over Google, looks like you’re not the only game in town anymore, and maybe we’ll actually be able to buy a self-driving Audi or a Toyota soon.
The luxury arm of Toyota, Lexus, will be there showing off a LS 600h kitted out with radar and cameras to literally drive itself around, similar to what Google’s been doing. Even though Google’s been using the Toyota Prius as its base for its own autonomous cars, Toyota’s doing its own independent thing so it’ll be interesting to see how it compares.
Audi on the other hand, apparently has a car that’ll find a parking space and go off and park itself on its own, which sounds fantastic to me. Just rock up and get your car to do the whole valet thing automatically. That’s the kind of thing you’re more likely be able to buy and actually use on public roads in the near future, so it’s good to see.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll bet millions of commuters across Britain would love to have a self-driving car ferry them to and from work. I know I sure would. [WSJ]