Is there anyone not working on developing autonomous cars?
Google (GOOGL), of course, has been the high-profile leader in the field, not just developing the vehicles, but shelling out big lobbying dollars to make self-driving cars street legal in three states. But the search giant isn’t alone. Volvo tested self-driving cars in Spain last year, and Ford predicts autonomous vehicles to arrive by 2017.
An Audi official also said the luxury-car company will be demonstrating autonomous vehicle capabilities at the Las Vegas show, including a feature that allows a car to find a parking space and park itself without a driver behind the wheel.
Toyota’s prototype vehicle is a Lexus LS 600h fitted with radar and camera equipment that can detect other vehicles, road lane lines and traffic signals, giving the vehicle the ability to navigate streets without a driver.
We’re particularly excited for the Audi feature, which should free up our hands for making lewd, gloating gestures when we our self-driven car beats out some poor sap who still drives himself for a parking spot.