The days of driverless cars just got a whole lot closer. Volkswagen has now teamed up with Stanford University, plunking down $5.75 million to create the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory. To kick things off, the company showed off its robotic Passat, which not only drives itself but is now clever enough to parallel park on its own.
That Passat has gotten smarter since it finished second in the 2007 DARPA urban challenge, where robotic cars merged into moving traffic, negotiated busy intersections and avoided all kinds of obstacles.
This is not the only place this kind of research is going on — Nissan has some clever innovations underway, too. Soon, humans won't be allowed to drive cars.