TAKING CRUISE CONTROL UP A NOTCH
UNTIL NOW, THE MOST ADVANCED VEHICLES HAVE BEEN ONLY SEMIautonomous: they still require a driver to be ready to take over. Our laws are able to cope with these vehicles, because they are essentially just using more advanced versions of cruise control and a driver remains legally responsible. But at some point, when a vehicle comes along that doesn’t require human supervision in at least some circumstances, evolution will become revolution. This is the paradigm shift beyond which our laws are not adequate. We may be there already. As we went to print, there were reports that the new Audi A8 is living up to the manufacturer’s claims that it can drive itself on the highway without supervision, allowing the driver to stop paying attention and do something else (such as watch a movie). The first A8 sedans are scheduled to be delivered to customers in Europe before the year is out.
Audi’s new A8 sedan can drive itself on the highway.