Self-driving cars have existed in the themes of both movies and science fiction literature for a long time now. In recent years, cars have received many features that make driving easier, such as lane departure warning, parking assistant, and target identification – all of these provide first steps towards automated driving. The above-mentioned functionalities are so-called Partly Automated Driving (PAD).
At the next level, the car will start steering itself although the driver still always needs to remain near the wheel. Going further, we will have situations where the driver can fully – albeit momentarily – become a passenger and let the car do all the driving on its own. This adds comfort to driving, particularly on longer trips, as the driver gets a chance to relax and enjoy the ride.
Let’s take another step further, and the driver may sleep if they so wish while travelling since the car requires no attention whatsoever.