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Researchers Test Driverless Car in SpainAired July 14, 2000 - 1:23 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, after a long day at work you may wish you could just hop in the car and have someone drive you home. I guess some people have that lifestyle, not us.
ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: She isn't talking about me.
ALLEN: No, now you don't have to hire a driver for that apparently.
HALL: Because researchers in Spain have come up with a car that doesn't need a driver.
ALLEN: I like it.
CNN's Al Goodman has the view from the passenger seat.
AL GOODMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Does it ever seem like the cars on the street don't have drivers, given how they weave in and out of traffic and cut off other cars? In Spain, the government's top scientific research unit has developed a prototype for a, yes, driverless car.
Fuzzy logic is the driving force.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It's a technique distinct from classical logic, in which something is true or false. In fuzzy logic, there's a degree of uncertainty.
GOODMAN: Like the uncertainty drivers face every day on the street. The prototype car has a computer that simulates the behavior of human drivers. The computer's fuzzy logic controls the car's direction and speed using a preprogrammed street map that changes about every kilometer or half-mile.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): The car also has a series of sensors. In many parts of the world, sensors are being installed on cars to detect obstacles.
GOODMAN: The driverless car was designed to carry out such tasks as security patrols, driving along tourist routes and in theme parks, or to carry people with severe disabilities, but it could easily have wider uses. UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): The immediate application of this car may not be far off. There are tests being done in California, and also in Japan and elsewhere in Europe.
GOODMAN: The prototype took four years to build at a cost of $200,000. But don't expect to find room to stuff suitcases into one of these driverless cars. The prototype runs on batteries, enough to fill up a major part of the car.
Al Goodman, CNN, Madrid.
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