The debate over safety, accessibility, reliability and consumer's acceptance of autonomous vehicles has grown heated as multiple tech businesses have pushed their efforts to get driverless vehicles on the road. Uber jumped to the forefront of the controversy in the Bay Area today by announcing that self-driving cars are part of their etaxi services starting now. Despite the absence of a testing permit from the California DMV, Uber is moving ahead with a select number of Volvo XC90 vehicles that do not require a driver although an attendant will be present in the vehicles.
The U.S. government finally weighs in with 'first-ever' guidelines on self-driving cars.
For many commuters the prospect of autonomous vehicles - getting from Point A to Point B without having to lift a finger - is irresistible. The self-driving car (or robot car, as some put it) has demonstrated the technology is available for cars to travel mostly without traveling thousands of miles without mishap.
Readers may have heard that Internet giant and soon-to-be automaker Google has vowed to be more open with the public when its test vehicles get into accidents. This has already led to a series of news stories about collisions involving Google's self-driving prototypes, perhaps leading some to wonder if such vehicles will indeed eliminate most car accidents as promised.