Not me, but that's what took place Tuesday. Two
With, for the most part, no hands on the steering wheel.
Got that? No hands.
Hey, driver, sip that cup of hot coffee. Or text your wife. Or finish that report on the laptop. Guilt-free.
These devices allow the vehicle to generate a detailed 3D map of its environment, based on maps
"This is the best part of our job," said
Fun, indeed. A little nerve-racking, too.
The car took a few hard turns into a left-turn lane off
"It's not perfection yet," said
Before every crosswalk, a voice much more pleasant than
And when traffic ahead slowed, we slowed. No tailgating allowed.
The future of driving is approaching at warp speed. Testing really began in 2009, a mere five years ago.
The accident total: one that was the fault of the driverless vehicle.
Driving on streets is more complicated, and that's where the majority of the nation's 33,000 annual traffic deaths occur. About 91 percent of those deaths are the fault of motorists, and safety officials say driverless cars have the potential to prevent most of them.
Driverless cars could prevent "up to 30,000 fatalities a year, or 80 per day," said
Other drivers treat these cars in a variety of ways. One fellow on
But others need lessons in road courtesy.
Or they've turned sharply into the path of the driverless car without a turn signal to see if it would stop.
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to provide increased mobility for the elderly, the disabled and the blind, like
When out for his drive, he wanted to go to a
A simple thing, but not for someone who can't see.
"We're growing more optimistic that we're heading toward an achievable goal -- a vehicle that operates fully without human intervention,"
Human drivers would be expected to take control if the computer fails. The promise is that, eventually, there would be no need for a driver.
Are we ready? The cost right now is unknown, but would likely be out of the reach of many and more than the
But many are confident that eventually the cost will come down.
And 1 in 5 motorists say in a survey they would let computers do the driving. More than a third said an 80 percent discount on car insurance rates would make them "very likely" to purchase an autonomous vehicle, and 90 percent said they would at least consider the idea.
A few years ago, hybrids were a novelty, then electric cars. Now stepping up are driverless vehicles.
Pass the coffee, please.
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