The companies steering self-driving cars toward reality

Nauto Nauto is among the companies seeking to navigate the murky space between driver-controlled and self-driving cars. From BMW to Subaru, Audi and Ford, automakers everywhere are rolling out semi-autonomous vehicle technologies like hands-free parallel parking, lane assistance and advanced cruise control. Earlier this month, Tesla upped the ante on technologies bringing consumer cars closer to being 100 percent self-driving with its new Autopilot feature. Stefan Heck actually owns a Tesla, and he’s used autopilot, which relies on the human driver to jump back in if the car’s computer senses something it can’t handle. Heck also sees the need for a middle ground technology to bridge the gap between driver-controlled and self-driving cars. His new company, Nauto, sells “augmented sensor awareness” with the help of $400 dashboard cameras (plus a…


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