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Mercedes-Benz Is Promising
A Self-Driving Car By 2020
- Technology like self-driving cars and trucks will abolish hundreds of thousands of jobs in the transportation industry alone. Some 3.5 million U.S. truck driving are threatened by this technology.
- A technology driven economic Armageddon is coming where jobs simply no longer exist and people survive at poverty level with welfare and food stamps.
- But it gets worse. Robot/computerized workers do not pay taxes. Because they do not pay taxes, income to the treasury will drop even though there is a need to support a larger and larger pool of permanently unemployed.
The need for human workers is vanishing, but the politicians cannot stop themselves from importing or legalizing millions of new workers into an economy that no longer needs them.
Now we see Germany's Daimler AG plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020 as part of its campaign to regain the top spot among premium carmakers.
Carmakers and suppliers across the world are working on ways to make driving safer and more comfortable through automation, and the race is on to bring the technology to the mass market.
"We want to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. You can be sure: we will accomplish that in this decade," Daimler head of development Thomas Weber said.
Daimler, battling to regain the top stop in the luxury car market from German rival BMW, is focusing on so-called highly automated driving, in which cars master situations such as cruising the motorway or maneuvering through traffic jams while the driver relaxes reports Business Insider.
The car would recognize difficult situations such as dealing with traffic lights or urban driving among pedestrians and cyclists, and hand control back to the human behind the wheel.
Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars, is not alone in its ambitions. Japan's Nissan, for example, has also announced plans to launch a car completely guided by computers this decade.
Testing is already under way in many countries. U.S. Internet search and advertising group Google has fitted out several cars with radar-like equipment that lets them navigate roads in California and Nevada.
The technology will feature at this week's Frankfurt car show, the world's biggest, although experts say the move from dream to reality will likely take 10 to 15 years.
German auto supplier Continental aims to enable cars to drive themselves at speeds of up to 30 km per hour (18 miles per hour) by 2016, and at up to 60 km/h by 2020.
Google is reportedly discussing an alliance with Continental on self-driving cars that could be announced as soon as this week.
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