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The self-driving car: Vehicle automation tech

With all of the advances in vehicle automation and safety technology, cars that can drive themselves may actually be closer than you might think.

Audi RSQ in I, Robot
In the 2004 film <span style="font-style: italic;">I, Robot</span>, the main character is a bit of a technophobe who manually pilots his Audi RSQ despite the fact that it--and every other vehicle in the film--is capable of driving itself. The film takes place in 2035, but it's already 2010. Where the hell is my autopilot button?<br><br>With all of the advances in vehicle safety and automation tech, that elusive button may be closer than you think. We've rounded up a collection of current and future vehicle automation technologies that may one day form the building blocks of the self driving car.<br>
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Audi
Audi RSQ in I, Robot
In the 2004 film I, Robot, the main character is a bit of a technophobe who manually pilots his Audi RSQ despite the fact that it--and every other vehicle in the film--is capable of driving itself. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Audi

It's 2010 for goodness sake! Where the hell are the self-driving cars?

With all of the advances in vehicle automation and safety technology, that elusive autopilot button may actually be closer than you might think. To illustrate this point, we've rounded up and explained a collection of current and future car technologies that we think will be the building blocks of the self-driving car of the future.