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January 10, 2014

Self-driving cars have arrived

BMW unveils ‘drifting’ automated cars

By Ben Sullivan

BMW has unveiled modified versions of its 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe that can control a power slide by themselves.

Using 360-degree radar, sensors and cameras, the cars can sense and adapt to their surroundings.

The modified cars were shown off at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. BMW also unveiled plans to integrate fully connected navigation systems into its fleet of vehicles. The service monitors real-time traffic conditions, alerting drivers to faster alternative modes of transportation

Japan’s Toyota has also been demonstrating autonomous cars at the event.

Carmakers are hoping the technology could prevent accidents made by human error.

Self-parking technology has already been incorporated by Bosch, with the platform being controlled by a smartphone.

Google’s fleet of 24 autonomous Lexus SUVs recently clocked over 500,000 miles of robot driving on California’s roads.

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