Self-Driving Cars

Why you may never be able to buy your own self-driving car

Despite recent claims of vehicles having full automation, it is no more possible to buy a truly self-driving car now than it was 15 years ago. Will private cars that never need a driver ever reach the market?

Technology | Analysis 7 December 2022

By Matthew Sparkes

The ROBO-01, an autonomous concept car from Chinese firm Jidu

The Robo-01, an autonomous concept car from Chinese firm Jidu

JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class now has a model that can drive around totally unaided – as long as you are in one specific car park in Germany. It is an impressive achievement, but how far have we really come since New Scientist proclaimed 15 years ago that a fully driverless car “may not be far off”? Cars have accumulated automatic driver aids, but a fully autonomous private car that can operate wherever you want to go is no more available today than …

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The ROBO-01, an autonomous concept car from Chinese firm Jidu
The Robo-01, an autonomous concept car from Chinese firm JiduJADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images

Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349786-why-you-may-never-be-able-to-buy-your-own-self-driving-car/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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