More automakers making the jump toward driverless cars

September 12, 2013 12:00 AM

Fully autonomous cars may be years away, but that hasn't stopped some manufacturers from showing off their advancements. Recently, General Motors set out to demonstrate its newest creation, made in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, to members of Congress.

The driverless car was based on the 2011 Cadillac SRX and went through several rounds of auto repair to get it ready to handle the roads without a person behind the wheel. It was successfully able to maneuver through heavy traffic, obey traffic lights, sense when other vehicles were approaching, slow down in construction zones and pass cars, Politico reported. 

"It's the future of transportation and it's here," House Rep. Bill Schuster (R - Pa.), who serves as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told the news source. "Today, we had four passengers comfortably. ... It was a car that can be used by everyday Americans." 

Nissan has also joined the fray of automakers striving to create autonomous vehicles. The manufacturer recently released information regarding its plans for a driverless vehicle, which is slated to be introduced to the market by 2020. 

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