CADILLAC XTS MAY BE SELF-DRIVING BY 2015:
A self-driving vehicle may sound scary at first, but then it's just one step beyond one with cruise control and GPS navigation. Cadillac, which just brought a livery version of the XTS sedan to market, may have an auto-pilot version within a few years. Chauffeurs will still be needed, since meet, greet, and baggage help are part of the job -- and it is doubtful any client, no matter how adventurous, would step alone into the ground transportation equivalent of a remote-programmed drone.
But in a world with self-driving vehicles, would it be acceptable to text and drive? Could chauffeurs and clients alike work on laptops and gadgets while the smart-tech limo maneuvered to a pre-determined destination? Hands-free driving could be liberating in many ways. -- Martin Romjue, LCT editor
| posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 4:27 PM