Monday January 30, 2006 11:10 pm
Honda Accord on Autopilot
It’s the stuff of movies and science fiction the world over - the ability to get in your automobile and let it do all of the driving for you. Although we’re not quite there yet, Honda has a new Accord model called the ADAS which will handle
of the mundane driving for you. ADAS, which stands for Advanced Driver Assist System, will steer your car and control speed/braking with the help of a wave radar system. The system does require the driver to touch the steering wheel every ten seconds, so that the car knows a human is still “paying attention”, but will handle the rest beyond that. There are some limitations though, a few of which are - the car must be traveling between 20MPH and 112MPHh (wow!), the lane dividing lines must be visible, and there should be no sharp curves in the road. Honda expects all of their vehicles to have this feature no later than 2016. Currently only available in the UK, the car retails for approximately $46,500 - so it’s not an inexpensive alternative to paying attention to what’s going on around you.
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