- Laser scanner 'watches' road for dangers
- Can drive at up to 80mph
- Takes over so driver can take hands off wheel
Hopefully, Volkswagen's new Temporary Auto Pilot system is a little safer on the roads than the fictional self-driving VW Beetle Herbie.
The research car has an autopilot for cars which takes complete control - letting drivers take their hands and feet off the wheel and pedals once they're at cruising speed.
The research car is being used as a 'test bed' for autopilot technologies - and these are slowly filtering through into Volkswagen's new cars.
Volkswagen's Temporary Autopilot can take complete control of the vehicle - just like the fictional driverless VW racer Herbie. Drivers can even let go of the wheel
The new Up! offers a laser-assisted City Emergency Braking system that automatically slams on the brakes in case of objects in front of the car - based on technologies from the Temporary Auto Pilot car.
The TAP's fully automated system works at speeds of up to 80mph.
Laser sensors fitted to the car detect white lines at the centre and side of roads to ensure the vehicle stays in the correct lane.
It also scans the road ahead for obstructions or other motorists and applies the brakes to slow down the car or bring it to a stop.
It means a driver can accelerate to their desired speed, turn on cruise control - and take their hands and feet off the wheel and pedals.