Occasionally, we post videos that require us to tell you not to try something at home. They usually involve some unsafe activity that requires a high-degree of skill and planning to achieve. This video, though, gets a more interesting disclaimer: don't ever try this. Ever. Never ever. Period. Seriously, just don't.

Some clowns in Germany decided to put the Infiniti Q50's Active Lane Control system to the test. For those not in the know, ALC can make small adjustments to keep the vehicle in the correct lane, a feature that's just starting to pick up steam. Instead of using it the way you're supposed to – with both hands on the wheel – these morons not only take both hands off the steering, but at one point climb out of the driver's seat while traveling at freeway speeds, just to see how automated the combination of ALC and adaptive cruise control really are.

Yes, we've seen this sort of stunt before, but it was done in extremely controlled circumstances that didn't put the cars, the driver or any other motorists at risk and probably had appropriate emergency personnel on hand should the worst happen.

These nitwits took their hijinks to the Autobahn, though. Is it impressive to see how good the systems on the Q50 are are when left to their own devices? Yeah, sure. Is the autobahn the right place for it? No way.

Take a look to see what we mean. And don't ever try this.


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      Graham C
      • 4 Months Ago
      And one wonders why there is concern about self driving cars - there is always more stupidity than can be programmed out by smart designers.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 4 Months Ago
      Screw that shit. Take that thing and steer by wire off the car or I ain't buying. We already have enough issues with electric throttles going out on us in Toyotas.
      carguy1701
      • 4 Months Ago
      And yet another reason why these systems should be banned.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 4 Months Ago
      I can see where this might work OK in socialist Europe where they maintain their roads, but here in America I frequently travel roads that are either poorly marked or the lanes are not marked at all. Would this type of system even work in that kind of environment?
      Edsel
      • 4 Months Ago
      YES! I want this car. I can take naps in the backseat.
      DooMMasteR
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wie Trier basically the same with a EU spec VW Passat but about 2-3sec after letting the wheel go it would give a warning and slow down... The system works great and even leaving 3 fingers on the wheel keeps it happy, but letting go won't work in a VW, so I wonder why this car does not have such measures against misuse

      Card13
      • 4 Months Ago
      All the lane departure systems that I've used automatically deactivate if it has to correct you multiple times with your hands off the wheel
        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Card13
        That so much better, if they fall asleep just let them drift into a tree. Why have it at all if it isn't going save you when you lose consciousness?
        futurecars
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Card13

        The infiniti has a on/off selection, never heard or read seen it deactivates it self, but the system can be deactivate or activate by turn it on or off.

      KaptnKauto
      • 4 Months Ago

      And so another step closer to full autonomy!! Bring on the technology!!!

      However these morons that did this.. they should seriously go to jail. Seriously.

      jonnybimmer
      • 4 Months Ago

      On a related note, the Q50 was recently listed as the most hackable car currently available (along with the Jeep Cherokee & Cadillac Escalade) thanks to a variety of wireless networks ranging from Bluetooth & WiFi to cellular 3G. It's true hackers have had the ability to technically "hack" a lot of modern cars for a while now, but the most you could do is go through the stereo's bluetooth and ruin someone's radio settings. In the worst cases with the most modern cars, you might be able to trigger some warning lights and traction control/abs to kick in, but the driver could still have control over how the car drives. Now with these self-driving systems in place, we have a possible situation where a hacked car can actually override the input of the driver. Admittedly, I do not know if the Q50's wireless networks can even access the software that can control the car (if these self-driving systems are physically stand alones, that'd pretty much kill any possibility of them being hacked), but the idea that we live in an age where it COULD be possible is pretty alarming to me. 

      Adam Drake
      • 4 Months Ago

      They just need to build in a weight sensor like they have on passenger seats for airbags. No driver detected, no driving aids enabled. Great example of the tech in action, though incredibly reckless and stupid on the filmmaker's part!

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