Cadillac SRX Drives Itself 33 miles from Cranberry to PIT Airport

It may seem like science-fiction, but we are soon entering the age of the self-driving car. As of 2013, four U.S. states have passed laws permitting driverless cars including Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan. These states, along with Washington, D.C. and Virginia, are currently allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Self-driving vehicles are not a new concept. Automotive engineers have been working on the autonomous car dating back to the 1920s, but the first working robotic vehicle appeared in the 1980s, with Carnegie Mellon University’s Navlab and ALV projects. Since then, the Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Robotics Institute at CMU has continued to make great strides toward a fully-functional autonomous car, demonstrating their vehicle’s capabilities over long stretches of highway. Sponsored by General Motors, CMU’s latest autonomous vehicle is a 2011 Cadillac SRX and has the ability to seamlessly switch between “auto pilot” and manual driving, allowing the driver to override the vehicle’s decisions in an instant.

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