02 Nov '12, 5pm

Why I don't trust cars that think for themselves

Most drivers wouldn't feel comfortable just handing over control of their vehicle to, well, their vehicle, but a new system from Nissan may do just that. The Autonomous Emergency Steering System, as the name suggests, will take over steering in emergency situations in which a crash could be avoided when you remove human error from the equation. According to Nissan, the primary objective is to use the system when braking alone isn't a sufficient means of avoiding a car crash including, “sudden intrusions onto the road in low speed zones or when a collision at high speed is imminent due to the driver's delayed recognition of the tail end of a traffic jam.” The system consists of front-mounted radar and camera, the two left and right rear radars, and the five laser scanners attached around the vehicle. Should there be a risk of an accident, the car will first assess the surro...

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