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Not sure if anyone can exactly answer this question. With the new drive by wire system augmented with the lane control camera monitoring, can this vehicle essentially drive itself from say Washington DC to NYC on I-95? Based on my research, the car appears to be able to adjust for traffic ahead (braking and speeding up as needed but cannot resume from a full stop), and will make corrections for when jumping in and out of lanes. I figured for certain reasons (legal being primary) they can't just say the car will be able to steer itself if going on an almost straight highway but I am putting it out there to any of those of you that have more knowledge and expertise in this area, can it (in theory)?

P.S. - I am am only talking about straight major highways or roads as I realize the car can't turn corners, parallel park, move to next lane if the car in front does something crazy, etc!
 

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That's what I thought, thanks Afrosheen for the insight - you see where I am getting at with this. This is going to be the precursor to cars that will be autonomous! It will happen sooner than later and this type of tech is the beginning stages to allow it to actually be a reality one day.
 

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Unfortunately road markings are not perfect especially in road construction zones. While Q50 will sort of drive itself in good conditions you should be always alert in case something goes wrong. It's very similar to what airline pilots in fully automated glass cockpits experience. It may be very hard to switch from routing monitoring to active involvement in driving process. And moving 65mph you don't have much time to do that.
 

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Indeed - its not ready for me to jump in the backseat and just watch movies:D

But looking forward to testing this "feature" as no car that I am aware of has come quite this close to this.
 

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Full Autonomy via cars is still probably gonna take a while---I'm sure there's a crapload of laws and regulations that have to determine and define what full autonomous driving is from a legal perspective....but OP, you're on the right track.

I'd say we're only 10-15 years away from full autonomous cars. I mean, Google has been developing and using their autonomous car for years now and it works almost flawlessly.

The hardest part is getting through all of the extra rigamarole for how this changes the responsibilities of a driver.
 

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Theoretically it should be able to. But I wouldn't trust it. Like others said, conditions can vary on parts of the road. I wouldn't trust the lane control and other features to fully able to comprehend everything. It would be a pretty cool test to try out. If a car publication were to try it out.
 

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Unfortunately road markings are not perfect especially in road construction zones. While Q50 will sort of drive itself in good conditions you should be always alert in case something goes wrong. It's very similar to what airline pilots in fully automated glass cockpits experience. It may be very hard to switch from routing monitoring to active involvement in driving process. And moving 65mph you don't have much time to do that.
I noticed some roads have reflectors in the painted lines, so that could be a good long-term solution to painted lines that fade after a while. Would be interesting to see how this car does in a real world scenario where the lines on the road are perfect at times and others just faded away.

By time the decade ends I think we'll see some real self driving vehicles that can even drive through busy big city traffic and even park it's self in a parkade with people and cars moving around it.
 

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Ultimately what will make autonomous cars work is networking and communication between vehicles. If each car talks to other cars, and (let's use some imagination) the "swarm" can talk to sensors near stoplights, traffic can flow with the precision of a mathematical model. Cars could literally follow inches from each other and take advantage of drafting for fuel savings at any speed.

The whole concept of getting from point a to point b in a vehicle would be radically more efficient. With smart networked cars talking to smart networked stoplights and tollways feeding data to the whole system, stoplights could be re-timed on the fly to allow a single car through an intersection without stopping at night when nobody is near the intersection. Or, if there is extremely heavy flow that's unidirectional, it could keep the opposing traffic light red for a longer time to relieve congestion. Furthermore, cars could receive data from far away points and re-route automatically to less congested roads. I know some crude satellite-based systems like this are already making progress.
 

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Th only thing close to us for self driving vehicles is the parking assist where it parks the car for you. But that could lead up to cars driving themselves. It will be a while but I think it will happen.
 

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Don't hold your breath my friend. I have been waiting on flying cars for a long time. We were all supposed to be in flying cars by the year 2000 and here we are in 2021 no closer than we were in 1975. Sigh.
Don't hold your breath waiting for a reply. He hasn't been here for about 8 years.
 
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