7 Best Semi-Autonomous Systems Available Right Now

There’s no doubt about it: autonomous cars are coming. And while fully autonomous cars are undoubtedly still a few years away, several automakers are rolling out semi-autonomous systems that are getting ever closer to the idea of jumping inside the car and letting it take over from there. The seven systems we’ve listed below — all of which are out right now or are coming out very shortly — represent the best in autonomous driving technology you can buy today, even if they don’t quite let you sleep or watch TV while you’re cruising down the road.

Audi Traffic Jam Pilot

Audi Traffic Jam Pilot

Expected to be out late this year or early next year in the Audi A8 sedan, Traffic Jam Pilot isn’t a fully autonomous or automated technology that’s designed to be used in all cases, but it’s a system that can take over driving where you (likely) desire autonomous technology the most — in heavy traffic. Functional below 60 kilometers per hour (around 37 miles per hour), the system can steer, accelerate, brake and even come to a complete stop and start up again so you don’t have to constantly move on and off the brakes and make minor adjustments to the steering wheel as you sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic. No word yet on whether you have to keep your hands on the wheel (or periodically touch the wheel) in order to keep the feature active, like some other systems.

BMW Traffic Jam Assistant

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