A bill making its way through the Texas Senate that would create a pilot program in the Lone Star State encouraging the development of cars that drive themselves. This very first sentence sounds like something read on a news broadcast during a flashback in a futuristic film about machines taking over the world. Oh, sure, it started innocently enough. We wanted to spend more time fixing our hair and texting while driving, so we invented autonomous cars to handle the driving for us. Little did we know they would TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
Is Will Smith's I, Robot self-steering car the future of driving in Texas?
The truth is that this is more science than science fiction. The technology to assist drivers with something many Texans find sacred -- steering a giant pile of metal while hurtling at breakneck speeds down a concrete road filled with other giant piles of metal driven by people more interested in Facebook than the highway -- is already part of many vehicles that have assisted parallel parking (finally, no more failing that on a drivers' test) and warnings when other cars are in your blind spot.
But, having the whole car drive itself (as Google introduced a couple years ago to help them expedite and save money on those crazy cars that drive around mapping every street for Google Maps) could be a thing of the future. Still, is that a good idea?More »