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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON THE ROAD: Safety, Convenience and Crazy Cool By Margaret Pennock

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he tech explosion has created new opportunities for features that not only make driving more pleasurable, but infinitely safer as well. Cameras, sensors, responsiveness to hand gestures, and even an ambient environment can be created through colors and scents. The following vehicles are just a few examples of what is currently on the market for Artificial Intelligence (AI). BMW Ever need a personal assistant? BMW has one for you! Launching in March of 2019, BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is a digital character that responds to the prompt, “Hey BMW.” This is the beginning of a new era for drivers that will be able to operate their car as well as access functions and information simply by speaking. CADILLAC

Touted as having the best driver-less feature on the market, Cadillac’s Super Cruise™ is literally the future of hands-free driving. By utilizing LiDAR mapping data, a state-of-the-art driver attention system, which is backed up by a network of camera and radar sensors, Super Cruise™ is at the top of the pack including the trailblazer Tesla. MERCEDES-BENZ Focused on safety, Mercedes-Benz offers innovative AI technology including Active Distance Assist DISTONIC®, Active Break Assist and PRESAFE®. The Active Distance Assist DISTONIC® detects slow moving traffic ahead of you and slows your vehicle automatically to better prepare you to stop if necessary. Active Brake Assist can detect potential collisions and activate an automatic emergency braking system to keep you safe. PRESAFE® detects an oncoming collision by tightening seatbelts and closing open windows and the sunroof. n

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