24 Sep '12, 3pm

Self-driving cars will take over by 2040

Self-driving cars will take over by 2040

LOOK MA, NO HANDS: BMW's self-driving 330i. (BMW photo) Even without a debate over we really want our cars to drive themselves, autonomous vehicles keep gaining ground. There aren’t any on the market yet, but the momentum is clearly building. Why? Because the technology is moving fast, and both researchers and automakers see a path to a lucrative new market. Plus, kids—mine included—don’t seem to be all that keen on driving anyway. The driver-free concept is simple enough, but the tech is cutting edge . The cars talk to other cars and the surrounding terrain with sensors, and also stay in touch with centralized command posts. Intersections will bristle with cameras, radar and sensors to control traffic flow and prevent collisions. Traffic lights will become a quaint memory. Wired opined last week that you won’t need a driver’s license by 2040. Its evidence: GM’s Cadillac d...

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