Are You Already Using Self-Driving Technology?

November 14, 2017

Autonomous car technology is all anyone can talk about these days and, although exciting, the auto future can seem a bit daunting to the average driver. Self-driving technology has the potential to change the automotive landscape forever. From everything to buying a new car, to getting it repaired, to the ownership process in general, big things are happening with technology in automotive.

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It's important to note that self-driving technology isn't just seeing a decked-out car whiz by you in downtown San Francisco. Self-driving technology encompasses much more than a robot car that drives you safely from Point A to Point B. Not to sound like too much of a cliché, but the future is already here!

Many of us forget that self-driving features have already been adapted to our vehicles. Here are some of the most common self-driving features that might be included in your next (or current) ride.

Adaptive cruise control is an advance from the standard cruise control we've known and loved for decades. The new version adjusts the speed of your vehicle depending on the speed of the vehicle in front of you. Indeed, some models will automatically set the following distance.

Automatic forward collision braking takes some of the peril out of distracted driving. This feature warns you if you're about to cause a rear-end collision and, in some cases, will automatically apply the brakes to prevent it. You've probably seen this in countless car commercials as this feature has been adopted by many different makes.

Automatic parking takes the drudgery and guesswork out of parallel parking, one of the most difficult things you can undertake behind the wheel and the bane of many driving school students.

The system decides whether a parking space is big enough for your car. Some systems require the driver to operate the brake and gas pedal while doing the steering. Others will do everything for you.

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Lane keeping assist is another feature that mitigates against distracted driving. Some systems will just beep a warning signal if you start to drift out of your lane. A more sophisticated system will automatically steer the vehicle back in your lane. The feature is limited, however, and does not work very well if the lane lines are not clearly visible.

So does your car currently employ self-driving technology to keep you safe on the road? Do you love it or hate it? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author

Kimberlea Buczeke is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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