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Check Out These Top 10 Self Driving Cars

Compared to a few years ago, the idea of owning a self driving car is not so far from reality anymore. Self driving cars are not so hard to find anymore, and it’s technology is becoming more and more common every time. However, in spite of all the technological breakthroughs, there is still not a fully autonomous car – One that does not require any attention from the driver.
Every major automobile brand wants to win the self-driving car’s race. The competition is tough. Many companies have been created in the search for this goal, and many others have been left behind.

There are 5 levels of autonomy according to the Society of Automotive Engineers. It may surprise you to know that you might already be driving a car with some level of “autonomy”.

  • Level 0 – The oldies. Those cars that do not feature any self driving tech at all. It includes, however, technology like parking sensors.
  • Level 1 – Cars that have at least 1 system to assist you. Whether steering, accelerating or braking. But, if the car has more than one system, they don’t communicate with each other.
  • Level 2 – They offer multiple systems like acceleration and steering assistance that doesn’t require much attention from you. Although the automated system can control, acceleration, brakes and steering it is mandatory to still be prepared for intervention.
  • Level 3 – In the “Eyes off” level the vehicle takes control and will handle situations that require an immediate response. Since this is still not a fully autonomous level, you’ll still need to be prepared for intervention should the situation requires it.
  • Level 4 – The same as in Level 3 but with more automation. You can go to sleep in the back seat and the car is able to handle the rest for you. This is limited to certain areas or circumstances. Outside these areas, you would have to take control.
  • Level 5 – At this point, there is not much more to say. Do whatever you want, the car will handle all the driving for you. No need for attention or intervention of any kind.
    If your car has some features like rearview camera or steering assistance, you’re already enjoying some of the features that contribute to the creation of a self driving car.
    In the meantime, we still have to wait a while to see a fully autonomous car in action. Currently, Tesla is the major force in the vehicle autonomy industry, but even the impressive Tesla model 3 full self driving falls somewhere between Level 2 and Level 3.Some technologies are still a concept while others are being developed. Taking the 5G autonomous driving, for example, which will be able to dramatically increase vehicles ability to drive for themselves through a technology called C-V2X. A technology developed by Ford that promises cars to able to communicate with each other.

2020 Tesla Model 3

2020 Tesla model 3 Performance full self driving

Price w/ all Features: $52,690

The iconic Tesla Model 3 is a luxury electric car. In the year 2018 this car ranked as the best selling luxury car. And it’s no surprise – With some of the most advanced technology on the market, plenty of sensors and cameras and a solid software this is probably still the best option when it comes to self driving. 

  • Range: 310mi
  • Top Speed: 162mph
  • 0-60 mph in 3.2s

This price includes the Enhanced Autopilot system, safety features, automatic emergency braking, increased range and increased top speed plus other luxury features.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

Price w/ Autonomous Driving Features: up to $34,380
Toyota redesigned the RAV4 and added a lot of improvements. Better engine, bolder style and added safety features. The 2019 model year marked the rollout of Safety Sense 2.0. Driver assistance package.

  • Miles per gallon: 26 city / 35 hwy
  • Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
  • Horsepower: 203 hp @ 6600 rpm

The Safety Sense 2.0 pre-collision system includes Pedestrian and cyclist detection with automatic emergency braking, Road sign recognition, Lane tracing assist, which helps keep the RAV4 centered in your lane, even if the road curves.

2020 Volvo XC90 T8

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 model

Price w/ self driving features and hybrid setup: $72,700
With all its features this is considered by some the best hybrid car – however, iy is definitely not the most fuel economy efficient one on the market. This model includes a Direct-Injected Turbo / Supercharged Engine with 87 hp Electric Motor.

  • Miles per gallon: 26 city / 30 hwy
  • Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
  • Horsepower: 400 hp @ 6000 rpm

Volvo has been investing in safety technology for decades. Even the standard version of this vehicle offers a ton of features. The XC90 comes with a road scanner for imminent collision risks (Animals, cyclists and pedestrians). It can also maneuver in case it detects a collision and alert you if it suspects you’re falling asleep.

2020 BMW 5 Series

2020 BMW 5 Series – Model M550i

Price: $77,645
As BMW itself describes it “Perfect combination of driving dynamics and elegance” and with its Driving Assistance Plus you can be sure that this car is a pleasure to drive. The selected model has an improved motor, from 456 to 523 Horsepower.

  • Miles per gallon: 25 city / 33 hwy
  • Transmission: Automatic w/OD
  • Horsepower: 523 hp

Even the base model of the BMW 5 Series includes a wide variety of safety features. The Driving Assistance Plus Package includes Traffic Jam Assist, which is like cruise control specifically for stop-and-go traffic, keeping you centered in your lane and a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

2020 Cadillac CT6

2020 Cadillac CT6

Platinum model Price: $94,895
With extremely limited availability, this is a state of the art luxury vehicle. With a 4.2L Blackwing Twin Turbo V8 motor it is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. And the Super Cruise package is impressive.

  • Miles per gallon: 14 city / 45 hwy
  • Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 550 hp

It includes everything you could expect from a car of this category, but Super Cruise is also able to take control of the car within limited areas, it can steer, brake, accelerate and maintain lane position. Driver’s attention is always recommended.

2020 Lexus LS

2020 Lexus LS

Price for the LS Inspiration Series: $97,665
The Lexus LS is a super luxury car. In the year 2018 it was fully redesigned to include a lot of self-driving technology. Lexus Safety System + A has the standard features such as a lane change assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and active steering assist.

  • Miles per gallon: 25 city / 30 hwy
  • Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 416 hp

You can get the autonomous features on the base models as well. Security features are included to prevent collisions, but as with any other vehicle in the industry always requires attention from the driver.

2019 Tesla Model X

2019 Tesla Model X – Performance

Price for Performance: $99,690

As always, Tesla’s luxury electric SUV offers some of the most impressive autonomous technology in the market. It has a network of 12 sensors and 4 cameras.

  • Range: 305mi
  • Top Speed: 163mph
  • 0-60 mph in 2.7s

The base model already includes the Autopilot system. However, with the enhanced Autopilot you can maintain traffic speed, get the self-park feature and your car responds to Summon.

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes Benz S Class

Price including Autonomous Driving Features: $94,250
The Mercedes Benz S-Class is a super luxury car. A flagship model of the iconic company. The standard model includes Intelligent Drive and also features the Car-to-X Communication. It comes equipped with a Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 motor.

  • Miles per gallon: 22 Combined
  • Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 362 hp @ 6000

Intelligent Drive, has an Active Emergency Stop Assist that stops the car should the driver not be paying attention to the road. In this extremely enjoyable car you’ll also have steering assist feature as well as other sensors that allow for a better decision making.

2020 Audi A_8

2020 Audi A8

Price for Plug-in Hybrid: $94,960
Having gone through some major changes in 2019, the Audi A8 was fully redesigned to include technology like Traffic Jam Pilot, which allows the car to steer through slow moving traffic without your intervention.

  • Miles per gallon: 19 city / 27 hwy
  • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 453 hp

You can also opt for Driver-Assist Technology. It includes: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Rearview camera with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

2020 Nissan Leaf EV

2020 Nissan Leaf EV

Price w/ Autonomous Driving Features: $34,890
This one is an honorable mention. Although it can’t compete in the luxury market as the rest of the cars listed here you can trust that it has a great technology behind it, thanks to the Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan Alliance with Google – Yes, the Waymo-Uber Lawsuit comes to mind.
This Electric Car reached 3rd place in global sales behind Tesla Model 3.

  • Range: 226mi
  • Top Speed: 93mph
  • Apple Car Play

This humble competitor offers ProPilot Assist to steer, accelerate, and brake. For some markets, a self-parking version was issued. However, even though it provides some good sensors that make the stop-and-go traffic feel like a smooth ride the manufacturer’s recommendation is “Always hands-on”

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