Driverless car technology not too far off and Tampa wants to lead the way

11/15/13 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: autonomous vehicle, automated vehicle, driverless vehicle, Jeff Brandes, CUTR, USF


A camera in this Lexus steering wheel keeps its eyes on yours and alerts drivers when they aren't paying attention to the road.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Cars that drive themselves could be parking in regular driveways sooner than you think. During an autonomous vehicle conference in Tampa this concluding Friday, The Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF (CUTR) announced its new Automated Vehicle Institute.

Outside of the downtown Tampa Mariott overlooking the Hillsborough River, a $90,000 red Lexus sat in a grassy plot. At first glance it was just another fancy car, but take a closer look and this tricked out piece of technology could practically drive away all on it

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