CES 2016: Why this is the year intelligent cars will start to replace stupid people

An hour into my drive from Las Vegas to Santa Monica, I had good reason to wish that a fraction of the automotive intelligence on show in CES 2016 were already here. In the California desert equivalent of outer space, with no gas station for miles, my cousin – the driver – piped up with his own “Houston, we have a problem”. “Um,” he said, “I may have forgotten to fill up the car with petrol.” It transpired, with a minimal amount of probing, that the “may” was a “definitely”. The electronic dashboard of his VW Jetta told him we had five miles’ worth of fuel left, while a glance at Waze confirmed the lack of imminent petrol stations. If we didn’t pull over at the next turn-off then we’d…


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