Self-driving vehicles won’t become a reality, even if just for the enjoyment of flatulence.

Self-driving vehicles won’t become a reality, even if just for the enjoyment of flatulence.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week GM showcased its self-driving Chevrolet Tahoe (the ‘Boss’). It was developed by the Carnegie Mellon University Tarton RacingTeam and was initially unveiled during the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Urban Challenge in November 2007.

GM reckons that self-driving cars will become a reality, but we think not. Perhaps for military applications where it doesn’t look good when soldiers get limbs blown off or die, but on the road, as we’ve mentioned before, the lawsuits that could arise (particularly in America) would be astounding if one of these vehicles actually did have an accident.

We’ve seen cars that can drive around cones quicker than humans, we have a Volkswagen that can parallel park itself, and we know that features like adaptive cruise control and sat-nav that warns us of impending congestion can save fuel. But, if you don’t want to drive, perhaps you could take the bus or train and leave the rest of us that want to drive to enjoy the gases of our own digestion in relative comfort and anonymity.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week GM showcased its self-driving Chevrolet Tahoe (the ‘Boss’). It was developed by the Carnegie Mellon University Tarton RacingTeam and was initially unveiled during the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Urban Challenge in November 2007.

GM reckons that self-driving cars will become a reality, but we think not. Perhaps for military applications where it doesn’t look good when soldiers get limbs blown off or die, but on the road, as we’ve mentioned before, the lawsuits that could arise (particularly in America) would be astounding if one of these vehicles actually did have an accident.

We’ve seen cars that can drive around cones quicker than humans, we have a Volkswagen that can parallel park itself, and we know that features like adaptive cruise control and sat-nav that warns us of impending congestion can save fuel. But, if you don’t want to drive, perhaps you could take the bus or train and leave the rest of us that want to drive to enjoy the gases of our own digestion in relative comfort and anonymity.

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