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Volkswagen's unveiled a fully self-driving hatchback that can take its meatware friends for a ride. Sporting a Byzantine system of sensors (radar and laser), sat-nav and software, the GTI can negotiate a race course, swerve through cones and hit speeds of up to 150 mph — whether it can clear a mountain pass or navigate the Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour remains to be seen. An obvious reference to Herbie the Love Bug is not lost on the company's engineers, who've named the GTI "53 Plus 1" in honor of Herbie's racing number. Journos, like those at the UK's Daily Mail visited the company's Wolfsburg track and got to design courses for the robotic Herbert (c'mon, he's like 40 years old now) to follow.

The self-driving Golf that would give Herbie a run for its money [Daiy Mail]

GM to Launch Auto Pilot, of Sorts, on 2008 Opel Vectra [internal]