The Future Of Driving

The Future Of Driving

A new California law allows self-driving cars on state roads. Proponents promise computer-controlled vehicles will reduce accidents and congestion. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss the future of driving in the digital age.

California moved into the self-driving lane this week. With Google’s help, it passed a law that will allow computer-controlled cars on the road, at least on a test basis. Google has modified and tested a fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids that drive themselves using a range of video and radar technology. And that’s just the beginning. By some estimates, self-driving vehicles will make up 70 percent of the nation’s traffic by the year 2040. Proponents of driverless cars say their widespread use would reduce congestion and give elderly and impaired drivers new freedom. Others worry about safety, liability and privacy issues. Guest host, Tom Gjelten, and his guests discuss the future of driving.

Guests

David Shepardson

Washington bureau chief, The Detroit News.

Azim Eskandarian

director, Center for Intelligent Systems Research and professor of engineering and applied science, George Washington University.

Frank Douma

research fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Anthony Levandowski

project manager, Google Self-Driving Car Project

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