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Volkswagen and Stanford: Parking Cars Without People [w/video]

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Yesterday at Stanford University, the world's valets were put on notice. The crew at Volkswagen's Vehicle Innovation Lab (VAIL) hosted an event for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the diplomat from Deutschland got to see first-hand what VW has been working on for the past five years, and what kind of practical implementations are around the corner.

The VAIL team was the first group to complete the DARPA Grand Challenge with a fully autonomous Touareg that scaled over 130 miles of the Mojave Desert in 2005. The original self-driven vehicle, Stanley, has evolved into Stanley 2, a Passat wagon with enough computing power to completely fill the boot. That vehicle took second place at an urban course for the 2007 DARPA Challenge and now that technology has been scaled down, refined and put into another diesel-powered Passat to show off one of the many uses for the autonomous tech.

After Merkel caught a plane home and the crowds subsided, we scored a ride in the self-propelled Passat and discovered that the days of parking attendants are officially numbered.


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This is the future, people. Driverless cars which go much faster and closer together than human-driven cars of today. Keep all the convenience of a personal car but with the ability to relax on a long journey, going much faster than is possible today, especially in congestion.

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Railroad transit would provide the same sort of benefits if we ever, or when we ever, get a national rail system back.

I really don't like the idea of my car driving for me...hell...I don't even like automatic transmissions!

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...and as a TDI fan all I can say is...hell yes!

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I'm not against automated highways, as long as I can have full control of my car on local streets/when I want. On a long drive where I'm just going to spend hours with the cruise control on anyway, I'd be fine with being able to sit back & surf the web, read a book, etc instead of just holding the wheel & making sure the car doesn't wander off the path or into the back of another car.

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