Holden VF Commodore spells dawn of driverless car age

In addition to recently receiving a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the home-grown Holden VF Commodore is living proof that the age of the driverless car is rapidly dawning.

Mike Simcoe, who leads Holden’s design team and played a significant role in the creation of its latest offering, told Go Auto that "all the technology we need to build a driverless car is already there".

This has certainly been demonstrated in the Holden VF Commodore.

It includes Automatic Park Assist, which has been designed to "take the guesswork out of parking" - in other words, the vehicle can actually steer itself into parallel parking spaces, and guide itself into right angle parks.

The Commodore also includes a Reverse Traffic Alert, which lets the driver know if there is any approaching traffic when they are backing out of a parking space or driveway.

A Rear View Camera and Blind Spot Alert complete the package.

Holden, however, is adamant that "the driver is always responsible for taking care and attention while manoeuvring the vehicle".

The vehicle's official website declares that all such gadgets are designed as "only an aid" and are "neither intended to, nor able to take over any driver responsibility".

It could only be a short time, though, before the responsibility of the driver is waived for good.

"We can build the Commodore as a driverless car today if we wanted," Mr Simcoe told Go Auto, "but the big question is, would you really want to jump behind the wheel of one?"

Until driverless cars are the norm, it is your drivers' responsibility to operate the vehicles in your fleet.

As a fleet manager, it is your job to make sure those vehicles are as safe and efficient as possible.

Fleet management software can help you do so quickly and easily.



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