Driverless car travels 550-miles

Audi arrives in style for Las Vegas CES

Published:  06 January, 2015

German vehicle manufacturer Audi is arriving at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after a 550-mile journey in a driverless car.

The specially adapted Audi A7 is journeying from San-Francisco to the 47th CES using long-range radar and two rear-facing and two side-facing sensors to detect objects and make adjustments to the vehicle path as necessary. The 'passenger' in the car is able to take control if the situation necessitates it by pressing two buttons on the steering wheel simultaneously.

A government ruling last year allowed driverless cars to be tested on UK roads and Audi believes this demonstration will highlight the potential of the technology which it expects to arrive on the market in 'a few years.' However with the recent spate of computer hacking affecting movie companies and games consoles, there are fears that driverless cars need more security before they are market ready.

Commenting on the UK position, Simon Jones, head of technology at law firm Eversheds, says: "It is clear that driverless cars have the potential to radically alter road transport as we know it. Taken to its extreme, vehicles will be able to take passengers or goods to their destinations with no driver input other than setting the destination. However, amazing as this may be, there are huge concerns over the safety of fully driverless systems particularly in relation to those with malicious motives to hack into those systems. It is easy enough for hackers to break into most IT systems and one can only imagine the havoc that may be caused by hackers who chose to target either an individual driver or, more sinisterly, all who happen to be using a particular make or model of driverless vehicle. The potential to bring the chaos of computer games to our roads will need to be avoided at all costs."

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