Volkswagen Develops Hands-Free Driving

“As 90% of serious accidents are caused by human error, Volkswagen regards the HAVEit project on enhanced vehicle safety as one of key importance,” stated Prof.

“As 90% of serious accidents are caused by human error, Volkswagen regards the HAVEit project on enhanced vehicle safety as one of key importance,” stated Prof. Jürgen Leohold, head of Volkswagen Group Research and a member of the EUCAR Council, about a European research program: Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport.

One of Volkswagen’s responses to the initiative is the development of the TAP (Temporary Auto Pilot) system, which can drive semiautonomously on motorways and similar roads at speeds of between 0 and 130 km/h.

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Note well the semi portion of semiautonomously. While there is a sensor array that analyzes the surroundings and conditions, the driver, who can drive “hands-free,” must monitor things, not, say, take a nap. To assure this, there is a driver condition recognition system that monitors eyelid movements as well as whether the driver makes any steering adjustments.

And also know that this is an on-going research program, and while VW researchers think that autonomous driving is “a long way off,” semiautonomous solutions may be a bridge that’s not too far.