The Self-Driving Car

All the tech tricks and politics that will make driverless cars common place

Even as self-driving research cars make record-setting road trips, fully autonomous vehicles that can legally drive on public roads remain a distant dream.

But there’s good news: The advanced components that make these cars work have been filtering into commercial vehicles at a fast pace. Self-parking, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping are just some of the technologies that have leapt into the market in the past few years. Put them all together and you get a picture of how we’ll go from driving to assisted driving to fully autonomous cars. Sure, there will be problems along the way, but it’ll be a great ride.

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