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Not surprisingly, Audi’s vision also includes a self-driving car, of sorts. “Our vision is piloted driving,” Hudi said. “Whenever I don’t [want] to drive, I allow myself to be driven.” We don’t want to crate an impersonal body moving machine,” Hudi added. “When I want to have fun, I drive for myself.”

My comment : very smart stuff by Audi, see below. Clearly, a car than can be both self-driven or driven by me, and maybe does not have a tailpipe (it would be crucial, in my view, to be fully electric rather than hybrid), and is fully connected to all kinds of digital services, will be very popular. Just think of the possibility of facilitated car-sharing using social networks - how much traffic reduction could we achieve with that? And better yet, maybe the car becomes our small private office and we don’t actually drive much in it, at all;). Either way, car companies are becoming lifestyle providers, in a way.

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