A smart car is an automobile with artificial intelligence (or "AI") functionality. As automation technology has progressed, especially in the decades after the invention of the integrated circuit, more and more functions have been added to automobiles, relieving the driver of much of the mundane moment-to-moment decision making that may be regarded as having made driving tedious.
The fictional car KITT in the television series Knight Rider is the archetypal smart car. A number of real-life vehicles have been designed, built and sold commercially that incorporate AI technology such as the Mercedes-Benz Robot Cars which have led to the development of the S-Class, a series of vehicles that are generally seen as an industry leader in new technology. For example, the radar-controlled braking system known as Brake Assist Plus and the intelligent cruise control function (see Autonomous Cruise Control System). A similar production example is the Lexus LS, with its object recognition pre-collision systems, self-steering Lane Keep Assist, and automated parking systems.
The European Commission has established a smart car development program called the Intelligent Car Flagship Initiative. The goals of that program include: