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Not all car makers aim for driver-less vehicles

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While many automakers are currently busy developing autonomous vehicles or advanced driver-assist technologies, not all of them are looking to head into that direction. 

How is the situation three months into 2015? The New York Times has published a detailed feature after conducting interviews with representatives of numerous manufacturers at the 2015 New York Auto Show. 

Elon Musk and his team recently announced a series of automated driving systems called “autopilot.” Look for it to find a way into the Model S starting this summer.

A low-speed, autonomous version of the redesigned XC90 crossover will debut this spring. Designed for rush-hour traffic and other similar driving conditions, the system can take over both the steering and throttle to follow the car in front of it at speeds of up to 55 km/h.

Audi's own midsize crossover, the Q7, will become fully autonomous at up to 65 km/h. All the driver has to do is touch the steering wheel every 10 seconds, the company explains.

Cadillac plans to equip the all-new CT6 with “Super Cruise” technology, allowing it to drive on the highway without any human intervention. Other, more affordable GM models boast some form of autonomous driving, too. With the newly revised Malibu, for instance, the combination of adaptive cruise control and automatic braking means that drivers can now travel long distances without having to worry about hitting the gas pedal or the brakes.

CEO Carlos Ghosn said that the progression of technologies for cars to take control would happen gradually, but that there was no doubt about the future for automobiles. He predicted variations on autonomous driving would exist for highways over the next three years, and for city driving by the end of the decade.

The makers of the finest automobiles in the world have no intention to develop autonomous driving technologies other than head-up displays, infrared scanners, and multiple sensors. 

“Our customers don’t want a bunch of things beeping or buzzing at them. They’re not spending this kind of money to be told how to drive,” said Gerry Spahn, a Rolls-Royce spokesman. Besides, “most customers already have an autonomous driver; it’s called a chauffeur.”

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