These systems do require drivers to keep an eye on the road and hands on the wheel. But the next generation, such as BMW’s self-driving prototype, is expected to be available in less than a decade and should free drivers to work, text, or just relax while in the driver’s seat.

Automobile giants like Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, and Audi have all shown off cars that can drive themselves, and they have all declared that within a decade they plan to sell some form of advanced automated cars that will be able to take over driving on highways or to park themselves in a garage.




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