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You Won't Need a Driver's License by 2040: Cool or Crazy?

Chris D 2012/09/19 17:00:00
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Self-driving cars are on the way and some experts predict that "autonomous" cars will account for 75 percent of the traffic on the roads by 2040. It sounds funky to me, but it might be nice to have your car drive you home after a night out at the pub! What do you think?

CNN.COM reports:
The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak.

Meanwhile, Google is ripping along at its own rapid pace with a fleet of fully autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids that have logged over 300,000 miles. And the company has pushed through legislation that legalizes self-driving cars in Nevada. California is close behind, and Google has also been busy lobbying joyriding lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

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  • wolf sloan 2012/09/19 21:59:12
    Crazy
    wolf sloan
    +12
    More likely,we won't need a driver's license by then is because some group will claim that it is racist to ask to see one.

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  • zeldama... Kronan_1 2012/09/20 02:13:48
    zeldamaster17
    Exactly. We're catching up with all the science fiction movies, including the horror ones.
  • elvira 2012/09/20 00:28:39
    Crazy
    elvira
    +1
    Where's the fun in driving if the car drives itself? I for one love to drive.
  • Kronan_1 elvira 2012/09/20 02:07:33
    Kronan_1
    +2
    That's why I own an '80 model Chevy. Carbureted and no computer.
  • elvira Kronan_1 2012/09/21 19:27:55
    elvira
    +1
    I love old cars. Especially the '60s and '70s muscle cars. They are just so beautiful to look at.
  • Savious 2012/09/20 00:07:52
    Crazy
    Savious
    +4
    As often as my laptop crashes; i think I'll pass; thank you.
  • sickofpolitics 2012/09/19 23:56:12
    Crazy
    sickofpolitics
    +3
    But maybe I am just a control freak! I just can't imagine a car driving itself !! Can you imagine if it is Microsoft based, gets a virus or crashes??? What a mess that would be!!!
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/09/19 23:50:31
  • Food St... thє вlu... 2012/09/20 10:51:41
    Food Stamp Papa
    some seem to fear it
  • thє вlu... Food St... 2012/09/20 12:31:17
  • tatilee(: 2012/09/19 23:40:55
    Crazy
    tatilee(:
    +3
    kinda scary... what if there is a malfunction. i kinda get the creeps thinking about that
  • Food St... tatilee(: 2012/09/20 12:41:03
    Food Stamp Papa
    once perfected,they'll have far fewer malfunctions then people
  • Car Chick 2012/09/19 23:12:00
    Cool
    Car Chick
    I want
  • Darr247 2012/09/19 22:58:49
    Cool
    Darr247
    +2
    Because there will be a star trek transporter station at every corner.
  • retrograve 2012/09/19 22:27:53
    Cool
    retrograve
    +2
    But I don't like driving to begin with it.
  • ♥N A♥ 2012/09/19 22:27:09
    Crazy
    ♥N A♥
    +6
    WTF, this must be a liberal idea so the illegals who get pulled over will be safe.
  • Kronan_1 ♥N A♥ 2012/09/20 02:09:07
    Kronan_1
    It will have an illegal alien detector and drive them straight to the emigra.
  • Dave0626 ♥N A♥ 2012/09/20 13:41:55
    Dave0626
    There won't be 'illegals' anymore by that time...they will be known as 'undocumented Democratic voters'....lol.
  • wutever 2012/09/19 22:07:51
    Crazy
    wutever
    +2
    Id rather drive myself
  • wolf sloan 2012/09/19 21:59:12
    Crazy
    wolf sloan
    +12
    More likely,we won't need a driver's license by then is because some group will claim that it is racist to ask to see one.
  • burning... wolf sloan 2012/09/20 00:00:53 (edited)
    burningsnowman
    +4
    At the rate we're going they'll probably mandate that all cars have tracking systems in 5-10 years so they can tax us more and arrest anyone who disagrees with their "tolerance." Illegal immigrants will of course have been all amnestied by then.
  • R.Barron wolf sloan 2012/09/20 01:36:59
    R.Barron
    +3
    Love this... I can't even laugh at it, because its most likely true
  • SW wolf sloan 2012/09/20 12:28:44
    SW
    If you're black, the car will just automatically pull over and issue a citation now and then.
  • some id... wolf sloan 2012/09/20 23:28:52
    some idiot who thinks he knows everything
    +1
    TRUTH!
  • Emily Barrington 2012/09/19 21:50:56
    Cool
    Emily Barrington
    Haha I'd like it
  • TKramar 2012/09/19 21:44:03
    Cool
    TKramar
    +1
    I have better things to do with my time.
  • Quazar 2012/09/19 21:35:56
    Cool
    Quazar
    Don't bet on it taking off anytime soon.
  • Cuthbert Allsgood 2012/09/19 21:24:55
    Crazy
    Cuthbert Allsgood
    +1
    But cool too.
  • John Walker II 2012/09/19 21:20:02
    Crazy
    John Walker II
    I'll be 75 and retired (hopefully).

    If I'm going to be leaving the house, it'll be to run and stay in shape, not to go anywheres because by then I imagine you'll be able to get everything you need delivered to the house.
  • Nuke 2012/09/19 21:13:57
    Crazy
    Nuke
    +1
    You still need to know in case there's a malfunction and you need to take the wheel if you learn how to drive you might as well have your licence... Besides I don't want to be on the roads with those people if that happened.
  • angel face 2012/09/19 21:06:38
    Crazy
    angel face
    +1
    I don't want to be on the road with people that can't drive. If you can't pass the driving test then you shouldn't drive. I hope they decide to keep up the licenses for a very VERY long time
  • Cricket 2012/09/19 21:05:28
    Crazy
    Cricket
    actually, crazazy!
  • Michelle 2012/09/19 20:49:38
    Crazy
    Michelle
    +1
    Cool, but crazy.
  • baxter 2012/09/19 20:47:20
    Crazy
    baxter
    +1
    ITS CRAZY
  • marty 2012/09/19 20:29:13
    Crazy
    marty
    It'd be nice to experience it: your car as your chauffeur. Traffic can get bad enough, but having to put up with every moment makes it worse. A "real" 30 minute drive stays a static speed and you can relax or finish preparing yourself. Although...I can see driving as a specialty skills, too.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/09/19 20:17:00 (edited)
    Crazy
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    I'll wait... I grew up with technology from not having any, and I've seen what can happen when a new technology rolls out.. OUCH!

    BUT, I have always dreamed that some day you would just get in your car, punch in the phone number of where you want to go, and your car would take you there.
  • bcarrera 2012/09/19 20:10:02
    Cool
    bcarrera
    GENIUS!!!!
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/09/19 19:50:28
    Crazy
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +3
    Not interested
  • Dj 2012/09/19 19:39:08
    Crazy
    Dj
    Crazy and Cool
  • bpf 2012/09/19 19:38:32
    Crazy
    bpf
    +1
    Still will have manual override systems and I can see some drunk insisting he can drive better and wham!!!
  • senvestoj 2012/09/19 19:35:21
    Cool
    senvestoj
    I HATE driving. I can't wait.

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