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Interested in self-driving cars is increasing, not only are tech companies like Google working to make cars that drive by themselves, but now a whole lot of conventional manufacturers have also embraced this vision of the future.Toyota has announced that it plans to have its self-driving cars on the road by 2020, it’s targeting the same year as Nissan, Google and General Motors, all of which expect to have self-driving cars on the road by the end of this decade.

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Toyota has also announced that it’s self-driving car technology is already being tested on a car that’s called Highway Teammate, it’s a modified Lexus GS which has been roaming around on its own on the very busy Shuto Expressway in Tokyo.

Highway Teammate has had no problems changing lanes and moving in and exiting out of highways on its own, obviously there’s a human driver present in the car at all times to take over should things go wrong, but the tests appear to be going smoothly so far.

“Interactions between drivers and cars should mirror those between close friends who share a common purpose,” Toyota says, “sometimes watching over each other and sometimes helping each other out.”

All that’s left now is to wait and see if these companies meet their target of having self-driving cars on the road by 2020.

Filed in Transportation. Read more about Self-Driving Cars and Toyota. Source: cnet

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