Self-driving car technology is evolving. Most vehicles on the road are only partially autonomous; they have driving-assistance features that help with braking, steering, and other controls but can’t yet drive themselves.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts fully automated safety features and highway autopilot on cars by 2025.
Today, virtually all “self-driving” cars require some human operation, which is to say that drivers must be ready to take control under certain circumstances.
NHTSA and SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, recognize six levels of automation, including:
Google’s Waymo is working toward completing a fully driverless car. According to MotorTrend, Waymo’s One Robotaxis is capable of levels 3 and 4 self-driving within a geo-fenced area in four suburbs of Phoenix. They can run at night but not during dust storms or rain.
The Honda Legend Hybrid EX Honda Sensing Elite is Honda’s first production vehicle capable of Level 3 driving. The system may allow the vehicle to self-drive in certain situations, including on highways, according to some sources.
Some Tesla vehicles have a driving-assistance system call Autopilot, which can offer “traffic-aware cruise control” and “autosteer” technologies.
Some automated-driving cars can warn the driver of danger. Others offer assistive features upon sensing danger. Some of this technology is not widely available.
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