While our nation’s streets and highways aren’t quite the violent, ultra-fast transit lines of I, Robot (or even the dash cam-friendly roads beyond the Iron Curtain, for that matter), automobile accidents still kill 35,000 people per year. How do we avoid these? In many, many cases, you need to remove the human driver from the equation. Tesla’s Elon Musk is a big proponent of that, too, but he doesn’t want the marketing to replace humans to sound so brusque.
Now, I love the idea of electric cars (if only there were more Supercharger stations around…), but it’s just not quite as futuristic a pursuit as Google’s self-driving cars. Well, as it turns out, Musk is very interested in Google’s self-driving tech for his electric vehicles. Of course, he doesn’t want to call it “self-driving” tech because we have a handy mistrust for machines, despite their unthanked work in keeping us safe every day, he wants to integrate it as a kind of ‘autopilot’ for your A-to-B. Of course, both slices of tech are a bit pricey for your layman, but hopefully this marriage produces some competitive options as well.