• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Car News

Volkswagen Develops Autopilot for Cars

RELATED READING
See all Volkswagen articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon

author photo by Jeffrey Archer June 2011

Have you ever wished your car could drive itself sometimes? If so, your futuristic dreams may soon become a reality thanks to Volkswagen's recently announced Temporary Auto Pilot system, capable of taking over for motorists at speeds up to 81 miles per hour, and potentially eliminating distracted driving forever.

Created for the European Union research project HAVEit – short for "Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport" – Volkswagen says Temporary Auto Pilot, or TAP, bundles together today's advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and VW's Lane Assist system to create one comprehensive self-driving program. But despite all the automation, the driver can step in at any time.

"The driver always retains driving responsibility and is always in control," said Jurgen Leohold, executive director of Volkswagen Group research. "The driver can override or deactivate the system at any time and must continually monitor it."

Capable of automating any driving situation from high-speed freeways to windy roads, TAP can even keep track of local speed limits and passing rules to help prevent you from getting a ticket. But Volkswagen expects most initial use to come from drivers faced with monotonous driving situations like long, empty highways or stop-and-go traffic.

That is, if the system ever rolls out for public use. Volkswagen hasn't announced when, if ever, it plans to debut the system in its cars, nor has it announced potential pricing. That's because self-driving systems pose several challenges for automakers, from liability in case of an accident to the possibility – however small – that the technology could fail.

Nonetheless, there's strong interest in the potential for self-driving cars. In October, Google announced it was developing a system to automate driving, and had already used the technology to log more than 140,000 accident-free miles – albeit with a driver in place just in case. Like Volkswagen, Google cited elimination of distracted, inattentive and drowsy drivers as its reasons for developing the technology.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan
Used 2014 Volkswagen Jetta
$Unlisted
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI 4-Door
Used 2010 Volkswagen Golf
$13,977
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL
Used 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
$20,335
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 Volkswagen Touareg VR6
Used 2012 Volkswagen Touareg
$25,994
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
Volkswagen Develops Autopilot for Cars - Autotrader