Driverless Citroën DS from the 1960's


These days everyone is losing their shit over autonomous, or self-driving, cars. Research is being conducted, laws are being changed, and huge money is spent. In all that everyone seems to forgetting that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best solutions.
Sometime in the 1960’s, as per the above randomly found YouTube video, Citroen has developed a self-driving car. Or at least a “automated steering” car. Kind of. In those pre-digital, pre-GPS, days, the Citroen DS was modified with magnetic sensors to follow the cables buried under the asphalt. While not quite self-driving, it clearly worked.
Implementation of a modern version of a magnetic system like this is possible, if needed, but the costs would probably be astronomical. Addition of speed-control systems to it would be easy and basically already exists. The biggest advantage of this system could be that it could work in conjunction with, or as a redundant backup to, the modern satellite or cellphone tower based systems.
 

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  1. PaulE Avatar
    PaulE

    Very British G-force meter: A cup of tea.

        1. wunno sev Avatar
          wunno sev

          Initial Tea

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar
        karonetwentyc

        Okay, I’m going to seriously push my luck here and post the ones I could find from a few years after Gilbert Shelton moved to France. The Freak Brothers have been my comic-book favourites since I was a kid, and Shelton’s offshoot work is generally some of his best in its own right.
        Also, I will admit to having entertained requests for 2CV engine bay viewings by propping open the hood and waving my hand in the general direction of the motor while looking elsewhere and saying, “the engine is down in there somewhere.”

  2. longrooffan Avatar
    longrooffan

    A Sweet Old DS…Always have a fondness for the DS….But what is that truck in the background in the snow at about 55 seconds?

    1. nanoop Avatar
      nanoop

      Well spotted, but is it really a truck, or a tractor? Strange proportions for either.

    2. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      I believe it’s a snowplow with the blade raised. Whether it’s a Commer, Reliant or Bedford I can’t tell…

  3. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    I’m torn. No matter how many times I see this, my love for Citroëns is completely at odds with my loathing for self-driving vehicles. Auto-sado-masochism at its purest?

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