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A Car So Smart, It Literally Drives Itself.

2012-08-08
By: Advocate Brokerage

Technology has been making waves in the auto industry with the integration of customer smartphones, touchscreen driver interfaces and Internet radio streaming. Safety is also increasing with new technology. Auto manufacturers are implementing active braking and cruise control systems that can slow or stop a vehicle safely if an accident is imminent, even on the highway.

Google is taking it one step further and automating the entire driving experience. Using a system of sensors combined with GPS technology, a Toyota Prius customized by Google can navigate roads with no driver input, aside from the destination.

Here is a video of the Google car and a blind man “driving” on public roads and at speed.

http://youtu.be/cdgQpa1pUUE

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdgQpa1pUUE&w=560&h=315]

This car is legal in a few select states, but must have a licensed and alert driver behind the wheel, even though the car can drive on its own. Some day that requirement may be as quaint as England’s Victorian-era “Red Flag” laws, which mandated that someone waving a red flag or red lantern precede a “horseless carriage” on foot to warn of its arrival.

Even as technology makes cars safer, one protection no driver should be without is auto insurance customized for his or her particular needs. It is not one-size-fits-all – family, age of drivers, the cars you choose to drive, your record and your need to protect assets all figure into the mix.

Now and in the future, Advocate Brokerage can offer you the protection needed with a customizable insurance policy. Contact us and we will work to create a plan that fits your vehicles and budget.

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