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Sentience Intelligent Cruise Control Lets You Forget the Pedals Altogether While Driving

Illustration for article titled Sentience Intelligent Cruise Control Lets You Forget the Pedals Altogether While Driving

Driving would be way more fun if we didn't have to worry about the whole gas and brake thing, right? Sentience understands this, and their intelligent cruise control means you can finally forget about it.

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Maybe I'm exaggerating just a little bit, but the tech here is really cool. Sentience will analyze the best route to get you to your destination, and then will handle all the acceleration and braking for the trip. Using GPS and mapping data, It recognizes roundabouts, speed bumps, corners and even speed limits. Sentience will know when a light is about to turn red and slow down accordingly.

Even better is that this new intelligent cruise control can save anywhere from 5%-24% of fuel on any given trip. And the best part is that it could be available as soon as 2012 for "minimal additional cost." [Sentience via Gizmag]

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I think no one has yet realized this will be good/great for paraplegics. It's an option from the manufacturer, so if you don't want it, don't add it - save yourself some money. Being a standard/normal option from the manufacturer will be good for paraplegics. I'm not saying this is a replacement for what is being used now, because I can't really compare/contrast the two.

This is a step towards cars being able to drive themselves completely without the need of people, and I think a lot of us want that, so long as we're safe. I say it's still a far ways away, but new developments in technology will allow for this to happen; computer/AI in cars, computers to control traffic, etc.

It will be great as we can do whatever we want when cars drive themselves. People might not know how to drive as well, if at all and might become lazy, but the time saved from driving could be spent doing work, or other things. So, we'll have more time and probably procrastinate even more than we do now since we can catch up on work on the way to wherever.

Now I'm wondering about commuting. With safe self-driven cars, will people take jobs farther away?

I imagine drivers in LA will be happy.

Someone mentioned I, Robot. I can't help but think I, Robot AND Minority Report.