Ford's Traffic Jam Assist is the next best thing to robot cars

Most of us have seen the impressive videos of Google's self-driving cars, but while the technology is real, the day when we actually have masses of driverless cars on the streets probably won't come very soon. However, Ford has unveiled what might be the next best thing.

The Traffic Jam Assist system allows a driver sitting in heavy traffic to give control to the car itself, thus avoiding the tedium of short stop-and-start driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic during a long commute. The car keeps a safe distance from the car in front of it, and can even avoid a car cutting in from another lane. Ford hopes to put this system into its commercial cars starting sometime in 2017.

You can see the Traffic Jam Assist demonstrated via animated illustration in the video below.

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