What the Future of Self-Driving Cars Might Look Like

Jul 9, 2015

Self-driving cars – long the dream of science fiction, are closer to reality than you might think. In fact they’ve already traveled more than one million miles along public highways and bi-ways. Still, there are challenges down the road for the self-driving car, including technical, legal, and psychological, as people take their hands off wheel.

GUESTS:

  • Alex Davies – associate editor for WIRED magazine, where he oversees coverage of all things transportation.
  • Edwin Olson – associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. He is currently working with Ford Motor Company on their Next Generation Vehicle Project.
  • Bryant Walker Smith – assistant professor in the School of Law at the University of South Carolina and chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

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From WIRED: "A Bit of Barf Can Teach Us Lots About Self-Driving Cars"

We do know, however, that when it comes to the car, the best way to avoid getting sick is to take the wheel. Which begs the question: What happens when autonomous cars arrive? Are we all gonna hurl? 

It’s a small-scale, almost silly concern, but one that’s symptomatic of bigger questions about the coming age of self-driving cars. And it goes to the center of what may be the biggest obstacle to making us comfortable when robots rule the roads: Transferring control over to the car without totally freaking out.