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Years from now you'll remember reading this article. It will be the first time you ever heard about Volkswagen's new Temporary Auto Pilot, a technology that lets a car essentially drive by itself.

Science fiction? Hardly, VW claims its far closer to rolling this auto pilot option in production models that you'd expect.

Anyone who's been paying any attention to the development of autonomous cars will likely have heard of Google's driverless ones. While those vehicles are a somewhat distant reality, cars using Volkswagen's TAP system could be on the road soon, thanks to the use of technology already in place in production cars. In a statement released following the debut of the system, Volkswagen claims that, "TAP is based on a relatively production-like sensor platform, consisting of production-level radar-, camera-, and ultrasonic-based sensors supplemented by a laser scanner and an electronic horizon."

Revealed at the HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport) conference in Boras, Sweden, VW research director Dr. Jürgen Leohold described it as "An important milestone on the path towards fully automatic and accident-free driving."

The Temporary Auto Pilot function, which can be switched on or off by the driver, will allow what VW calls "semi-automatic" driving at speeds of up to 130 km/h, or roughly 86 mph. It bundles features like adaptive cruise control, and a lane assist system allowing the vehicle to stay centered in a lane and maintain a constant distance from the vehicle ahead. Added innovations include the ability to reduce speed in a corner, as well as the ability to recognize speed limits.

Read the whole story at AutoGuide.com
 

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Great, now I can eat a CheeseBurger while I drive without having to use my knees to steer.
 

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Dear Passatworld, today my car careened through a farmer's market and into the front of a restaurant. Do you think my CCM might be bad? I think I remember some water on the driver's side carpet a couple weeks ago after a rainstorm. Anyway, I guess I should pinch those sunroof nipples and clean the drain under the battery. But I should prolly check to see if all my victims are okay first. Will update soon. thx.
 

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gotta have it!

We were just talking about this at Christmas time...Except that the road would light up and let everyone above know if you were speeding!! Nothing mentioned about the driving with my knees!!
 

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With my crime solving skills and this auto pilot system we'll make an unbeatable combination! That is until the MIL comes on and KITT slams into a wall at 60mph.
 

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What about insurance on a car with auto pilot? Would the insurance co deny a claim if the driver were found to be in auto mode or if it malfunctioned causing an accident?
 
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