Just switch my car to auto pilot

The idea of a car that drives itself has been relegated to science fiction movies and human imagination in the past, but software technology that enables a car to handle the driving developed by industry giant Google has made this concept a reality. This article from the New York Times takes a look at a “robot car,” and addresses the pros and cons of this technology. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/science/10google.html

It’s years and piles of legal issues before we may see this technology on the roadways, but it’s interesting to see what the future may hold. Check out the ride along video included in the story.


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