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A reality check on fresh hype about self-driving cars

Some carmakers and tech companies say they’re preparing to deliver self-driving cars to consumers within just a few years, a fresh promise that makes it seem like 2016 again. But beware the hype.Why it matters: Your car might be capable of driving itself in the not-too-distant future, but only under certain conditions, like favorable weather…

Some carmakers and tech companies say they’re preparing to deliver self-driving cars to consumers within just a few years, a fresh promise that makes it seem like 2016 again. Beware of the hype.

Why it is important: Your car may be capable of driving itself in a very near future. However, this will only happen under certain conditions like favorable weather and within certain geographical limits. The timetable is at best sluggish.

  • Safety experts fear that the companies’ pronouncements could build unrealistic expectations or — worse — prompt consumers to leave too much of the driving to their automobiles.

Driving the news: Up until now, the industry has been working mostly on robotaxis and self-driving trucks for commercial service. Three companies revealed plans to make your car self-driving at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

What to watch: Details for each are sparse, but experts say the automated highway driving system Volvo described this week, Ride Pilot, is likely what we can expect from others as well.

  • Ride Pilot will go beyond current driver-assistance systems like GM’s SuperCruise or even Tesla’s (mislabeled) “full self-driving” (FSD) beta technology, which require drivers to pay attention.
  • That means drivers will be able to relax, read a book or work while the car handles the driving on certain stretches of highway.
  • Volvo, and not the human driver, will be responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle when the system is engaged.

Volvo says it plans to introduce Ride Pilot in California “once it has been verified as safe for use.” The carmaker has applied for an autonomous test permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and will begin testing there in mid-2022.

  • The hardware and software (from Luminar and Zenseact) will come standard on V

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