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Are Autonomous Vehicles a Pipe Dream or Serious Reality?

DC Velocity
January 28, 2016
Written by Tommy Rector, faculty member, Transportation and Logistics Management at American Public University

Have you ever dreaded that long cross country drive and wished that the vehicle could drive you there? Well, this situation has become a possibility. In the 80s, we were glued to the television as the George Jetson whizzed around the sky in his flying vehicle as he makes phone calls as the car flies itself.

In 2012, Sergey Brin, the owner of Google, predicted that American drivers would have autonomous cars available to them by 2017. This date has since been moved to 2020. It is not because Brin has not been working on it; Google boasts over 1 million miles on a driverless car.

Google is not the only company to test the self-driving car. Tesla has been hot on the trail of putting a self-driving car on the streets. Newsweek just released an article stating that Tesla was the only firm to record absolutely no disengagement incidents. In the Tesla article, disengagement accidents are defined as the driver having to make manual adjustments or take cover from the autonomous system. This is quite interesting because the point to self-driving cars is to not bother the driver with driving.

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