I’m not gonna lie, self-driving cars freak me out a little bit. It takes a shift in expectations and perceptions to push a button, sit back and let a 3-ton automobile guide itself down the highway at 75 mph while you just sit with your hands in your lap. First of all, we need to reiterate that no car on the market today has an actual fully autonomous self-driving system, not GM’s Super Cruise, not Tesla’s Autopilot. All these systems are driver-assist systems meant to be used by drivers who are still present, conscious and cognizant of the vehicle’s operation and environment.
I’ve sampled such driver-assist systems in a number of different automakers’ offerings, from Mercedes-Benz to GM, and now I’ve sampled the latest partial hands-free system from Toyota in the form of Lexus Teammate, built into prototypes of the Lexus LS 500h luxury flagship sedan and demonstrated recently at Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.
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