Expert: German cars will be driving themselves in 5 years

An Audi test of autopilot features. Photo: Audi/DPA.A leading artificial intelligence expert predicts that within the next five years, German cars will only require their drivers to take the wheel occasionally. German carmakers will soon be entering the market of self-driving vehicles led by the likes of American automaker Tesla, according to Wolfgang Wahlster, director of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The research centre leader told news agency DPA on Tuesday that German-made cars will be programmed with intelligent autopilot functions that only need a human to steer in certain situations. With nearly 500 scientists, the DFKI is one of the world’s largest research institutes in artificial intelligence, and has worked with Volkswagen, BMW and Google. But it will take German car producers a bit longer to…


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