Will Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Licensing?

MSNBC.msn.com - August 20, 2012

While ful­ly autonomous vehi­cles are not expect­ed on the mar­ket until 2025, the ulti­mate goal is to take the steer­ing wheel total­ly out of con­sumers’ hands and elim­i­nate acci­dents alto­geth­er.

Will this trans­for­ma­tion­al con­cept put an end to requir­ing a driver’s license?

“Once we have a car that will nev­er crash, why don’t we let it dri­ve?” said Nady Boules, GM’s direc­tor of autonomous tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment.

Even if the indus­try even­tu­al­ly wins the hearts and minds of most con­sumers, it also must estab­lish the infra­struc­ture that sup­ports self-dri­ving cars, includ­ing not only the tech­nol­o­gy but the nec­es­sary legal and lia­bil­i­ty frame­works — things that may takes years to put in place. In oth­er words, hang onto your driver’s license!



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