That is so Yesterday! See what I did there 🙂
The modern version is that there actually is no one driving your car. Are you ready for this?
In the fall of 2010, Google announced that it developed “self-piloting” Toyota Prius Hybrids and they were loose on the streets of California. Mostly on Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. And they had driven 140,000 miles with no issues. The vehicles were powered by unproven artificial intelligence software. Those Google people are pretty smart.
Fast forward to 2014 and now everyone is getting in the game to provide “driverless” cars. Audi, BMW, GM, Nissan, Toyota, and Volvo all have announced plans to “unveil” an autonomous car by 2020. Google says to watch for its public debut of its prototype in 2016. Still, a truly autonomous vehicle, one capable of dealing with any real-world situation, won’t hit showrooms coast-to-coast for years after that.
But we have the technology already. Plus there would be no accidents, less traffic, all sorts of awesome benefits. What the heck is taking so long?
Simple answer. People. We are not close to relinquishing control of the steering wheel. Heck,I never let anyone else drive. You know why? Because I like it and so do you 🙂 Great technology in search of a problem. Wonder what generation will adopt? Wonder if we will be around to see it?
And now a classic by the Beatles for your listening pleasure.