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Though it may sound like a fantasy, engineers at Ford have invented a futuristic car which they claim can drive by itself by just the pressing of a button.
The advanced vehicle is specifically designed for those stuck in a traffic jam. When the traffic jam ends and the reaches 30 mph, the auto pilot called "Traffic Jam Assist" hands control of the vehicle back to the refreshed driver.
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Car lovers can expect to see the model and several other similar models in the next five years. According to the Daily Mail, prototypes are being tested in Ford European research and advanced engineering center in Germany and in the U.S.
Its widespread adoption could help speed up traffic caught in jams by up to 37 percent and reduce journey times by 20 percent by helping cars keep pace more efficiently with the flow of the traffic.
Official briefing reveals that the latest advanced car works using a camera and radar behind its rear view mirror which scans the road ahead by picking out the road ahead by picking out the white lines marked the lane. And it can also recognize any other signs of traffic.
"The system is designed only for motorways, but coping with the problems of urban traffic is just a matter of time," Pim van der Jagt, Managing Director of Ford's Aachen operation said. "The car will stay in the middle of the lane even when the motorway takes a curve. It will accelerate, brake and steer itself in a jam."
"'Traffic Jam Assist' could help make travelling through congestion a more relaxing experience and by keeping pace with the flow of traffic, potentially help relieve road congestion," said Joseph Urhahne, Ford Research Engineer.