6 Facts About Self-Driving Cars

  1. In 2015, an autonomous Delphi drove from San Francisco to New York City (15 states and 3400 miles) over the course of nine days. A driver was behind the wheel but the car apparently tackled 99 percent of the trip. [Mental Floss]
  2. Nissan is developing technology similar to that in NASA’s Mars rovers in which humans map out routes around obstacles when the rover can’t figure out what to do on its own. Other self-driving cars would then learn from these situations to improve their driving knowledge. [Motley Fool]
  3. Google built a car with no a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. It also responds via smartphone. [The Guardian]
  4.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has defined six levels of autonomous driving. Level 0 is zero driver assistance from the car.  Level 5 cars can operate without anyone inside. [Forbes]
  5. It’s currently legal in every U.S. state for cars to operate up to Level 3 (vehicles with the ability to escape danger). [Forbes]
  6. 10 million cars with self-driving features are expected to be on the road by 2020. [Mental Floss]
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