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  • IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, YOUR CAR MIGHT BE DRIVING ITSELF DOWN THE ROAD, WHILE YOU

  • RELAX INSIDE. AND CAR BODIES COULD EVEN BE MADE WITHOUT TOOLS -- MANUFACTURED INSTEAD

  • BY 3D PRINTERS. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ADVANCES THAT INDUSTRY INSIDERS SAY ARE ALREADY

  • REALITY.

  • JOINING ME NOW IS VOA'S GEORGE PUTIC TO TALK ABOUT THESE CARS OF THE FUTURE. SO LISTEN

  • GEORGE ... YOU'VE GOT AUTO-PILOT ... AND PRINTED CAR BODIES THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, WHICH

  • JUST BLOWS MY MIND. BUT LET'S FIRST GO TO THE AUTO-PILOT CARS... WHERE ARE WE THAT IN

  • THE FUTURE?

  • WE ARE CLOSE. THE TECHNOLOGY IS ALREADY HERE. GOOGLE HAS A VERY ADVANCED AUTO-PILOT CAR,

  • AND IT DRIVES PERFECTLY. IT HAS BEEN IN TESTING STAGE FOR A LONG TIME. HASN'T HAD ANY MAJOR

  • ACCIDENTS. AND OBVIOUSLY THE TECHNOLOGY IS HERE BUT WE HAVE TO GET USED TO IT.

  • NOW IT'S HERE -- IS IT REFINED ENOUGH? SO YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT 10 YEARS AWAY WHERE THE

  • MAINSTREAM PUBLIC COULD KIND OF ACTUALLY SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THE RIDE?

  • IT'S VERY REFINED. IT CAN REACT TO MANY MANY UNFORESEEN FOR A REGULAR DRIVER CIRCUMSTANCES

  • AND IT REACTS PERFECTLY. SO IT HAS BEEN AS I SAID IN TESTING PHASE FOR A LONG TIME AND

  • HASN'T HAD ANY ACCIDENTS. WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR LAWS.

  • WELL I'M SURE IT'S COMING I ASSUME, SO WE CAN DRINK OUR CAPPUCINO AND WATCH THE TV WHILE

  • THE CAR IS DRIVING FOR US. NOW WHAT ABOUT THESE 3D PRINTED AUTO BODIES THAT YOU SHOWCASED,

  • BECAUSE THAT IS ANOTHER MIND BOGGLING TECHNOLOGY.

  • THAT IS AN EXPERIMENT BY A GERMAN FIRM AND IT'S VERY INTERESTING, YES. 3D PRINTERS ARE

  • NOW INDUSTRIAL SIZED, THEY CAN PRINT VERY LARGE OBJECTS. AND OBVIOUSLY A PRINTED CHASSIS.

  • WHEN THEY SAY PRINTED CARS, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY PRINT THE ENGINE. BUT IT'S ACTUALLY A

  • CHASSIS IN ONE PART. THEY TOOK THE SAMPLE FROM THE BODY OF A TURTLE. THE TURTLE'S SHELL

  • IS VERY VERY HARD SHELL AS WE KNOW AND IT CAN WITHSTAND A LOT OF STRESSS. SO THEY DESIGNED

  • A SHELL THAT LOOKS LIKE A TURTLE SHELL SOMEWHAT. IT'S NOT A CAR, IT'S JUST A CHASSIS.

  • WELL I CAN'T WAIT TO DRIVE MY TURTLE SHELL CAR THAT DRIVES FOR ME. THANKS A LOT. GEORGE

  • PUTIC, FOR VOICE OF AMERICA.

IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, YOUR CAR MIGHT BE DRIVING ITSELF DOWN THE ROAD, WHILE YOU

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Cars of the (Not So Distant) Future (VOA On Assignment...

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    richardwang posted on 2014/03/22
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