Israeli company Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd. has unveiled a car that
navigates itself without human driving using cameras-based software. New York Times technology reporter John
Markoff tested out the self-driving car on a drive from Jerusalem to the Dead
Sea, Globes reported.
Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli company Mobileye (logo shown) has released a camera technology that allows cars to drive themselves. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
“I sat in the driver’s seat of an Audi A7 while
software connected to a video camera on the windshield drove the car at speeds
up to 65 miles an hour,” he wrote. “By blending advanced computer vision
techniques with low-cost video cameras, the company is demonstrating how
quickly autonomous driving can be commercialized.”
The technology has been offered to auto makers
and “as soon as this summer, the first limited systems offering a feature known
as ‘traffic jam assist’ will begin arriving from more than five major
automobile makers. Those cars will drive safely in stop-and-go traffic, but
will require that drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel.”