Making cars safer through technology innovation

August 22, 2014 // By Roman Staszewski and Hannes Estl, Texas Instruments

But hopes for fully autonomous vehicles remained out of reach until recently, when the availability of new electronic technologies suddenly turned the fantasies of the past into present-day realities.

The general public is aware of Google’s development of self-driving technology, which has been widely reported. Less well-known, however, is the extensive work on assisted driving by major auto makers worldwide, and the semiconductor innovations enabling them.

Cars that drive themselves have long been a dream of futurists. Experiments with remote control date back nearly a century, and automated highways were talked about in the 1939 New York World's Fair as part of “The World of Tomorrow.”
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