Hands-Free Vehicles Available 2016

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    May 03, 2015 1:16 AM GMT
    NYT: Tesla, Volvo, Audi and Cadillac all plan to release vehicles that enable some hands-free driving within the next year, but few states have laws on the books.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/business/hands-free-cars-take-wheel-and-law-isnt-stopping-them.html?ref=business
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    May 03, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
    Technology always progresses faster than the law can keep up.

    3D printed gun parts, anyone? icon_wink.gif
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    May 03, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    I just bought a new Chrysler 200c with the adaptive cruise feature (speeds up and slows down depending upon what's ahead of you. Lane assist, that keeps you in your lane hands-free like you see in the video above. Park assist that fully applies the brake before you back into another car or fence etc. Also stops in forward before you can hit another car or wall. Lots of beeping if something is getting too close to you or coming in your path (even a person approaching on foot in your blind spot while in reverse)
    Blind Spot monitor in the side mirrors. Bright yellow triangle lights up if it's unsafe to change lanes at your current speed.
    Vented front seats. Blows twice as hard on your back and booty than my last car. Electronic parking brake detects if you're on a hill/slope when in park. Won't let it roll. Your typical creature comforts like a nice stereo and a panoramic moon roof for both front and back seats. Kinda like having a convertible with glass above your head. Let's in a ton of light.

    Parallel AND Perpendicular park... that took some getting use to as far as letting go of the steering wheel and trusting it will not hit something. It does it though and probably better than we can. There is equal distance between cars and curb to the inch.. also for perpendicular park, it passes the space, then backs into it and stops at the right spot.
    Had it a month and love it more than any car I've owned.
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    May 05, 2015 5:00 AM GMT
    should be banned.
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    May 05, 2015 9:50 AM GMT
    an alcoholic's delight
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    May 05, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
    Is any one else a little turned on?
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    May 05, 2015 4:23 PM GMT
    grnranger99 saidIs any one else a little turned on?


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    May 06, 2015 12:18 AM GMT
    pellaz saidan alcoholic's delight
    They could also permanently repeal the national 21 year drinking age as well.icon_lol.gif
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    May 06, 2015 9:32 PM GMT
    there's some amazing potential with this technology when combined with others
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    May 07, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    grnranger99 saidIs any one else a little turned on?


    Actually, no. I enjoy driving.
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    May 07, 2015 3:52 AM GMT
    Life2Short saidthere's some amazing potential with this technology when combined with others

    It's not like you can go very long with your hands off the steering wheel. The car will beep at you if it detects you've not made contact in about 10 seconds.
    It will keep you in your lane.. and also shows you just how often you're going to the left or right.
    Of course, it's a feature you can turn off, but I don't because I actually like it. Personally, we'd all be safer if all cars had it.
    Plus.. Auto STOP saves lives.. that's a simple fact.
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    May 07, 2015 4:22 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Tesla, Volvo, Audi and Cadillac all plan to release vehicles that enable some hands-free driving within the next year, but few states have laws on the books.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/business/hands-free-cars-take-wheel-and-law-isnt-stopping-them.html?ref=business


    Definitely a feature that should be standard equipment on the big luxury cars like Caddies, Lincolns, Benz S Class, and Lexus that are usually driven by senior citizens. icon_lol.gif
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    May 07, 2015 4:36 AM GMT
    Guys and their cars. IT is a turn-on!
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    May 07, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    Life2Short saidthere's some amazing potential with this technology when combined with others

    It's not like you can go very long with yours hands off the steering wheel. The car will beep at you if it detects you've not made contact in about 10 seconds.
    It will keep you in your lane.. and also shows you just how often you're going to the left or right.
    Of course, it's a feature you can turn off, but I don't because I actually like it. Personally, we'd all be safer if all cars had it.
    Plus.. Auto STOP saves lives.. that's a simple fact.


    True self-driving cars are still a few years away, though they're held up more by the fine-tuning of the technology and legislation than actual hardware capability. For example, the Tesla Model S was actually designed with ALL of the necessary systems to enable hands-free driving. All it will need is a relevant software update once it becomes legal. I'm actually referring to something else when i say "other technologies" but won't go further than that since I might have some financial interests in that.
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    May 09, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    I will say, a huge part of what makes lane assist (hands free driving) work, is the ability to have either white stripes on the road or the yellow solid stripe to your far left.
    On the front of my grill are 2 half globes painted black that actually detect how close you are to the stripes and gently turn your wheel either left or right slightly to keep you firmly in your lane. You can tighten or loosen the strength in settings. I've moved it to tight recently and it certainly keeps you right down the center no matter how distracted you get. Auto breaking is great too.. very responsive.
  • Breeman

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    May 09, 2015 1:39 PM GMT
    I'm not a big fan of driving, especially long trips. I drove to New York city last year- 8 hour drive!. It would have been nice just to sit back, let the car do it's thing the entire trip and feel relaxed enough to enjoy my stay when I got there.
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    May 09, 2015 7:52 PM GMT
    Just ran across a video I made the first day I bought this car a few weeks ago. I was Sooo timid about letting it park itself. I was afraid it was going to hit the curb or the car behind me. Little did I know it can do a more accurate job that we can...

    Now I can do this twice as fast with no fear. Just had to learn to trust the technology...

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    Notice it leaves the same distance to the curb on the front and back wheels.
    Just have to sit back and trust it!