The self-driving car: it's coming
Govt pledges a £10m prize for driverless car research. TG's Paul Horrell investigates
Posted: 04 Dec 2013
OK, so it's not hard to programme a car to steer a few metres to a predetermined point on a show stage - even if, no doubt, the Mercedes spin doctors lost sleep at the remote possibility of the car getting it wrong in front of all those news cameras. But this S-Class is capable of far, far more than just a few metres. It genuinely is a self-driving car. It had just done a run between the German towns of Mannheim and Pforzheim, about 60 miles in normal traffic, sensing its way around obstacles and dealing with traffic lights, zebra crossings and junctions unaided.