Thursday, July 14, 2011

Self-Driving Cars

Nevada has passed legislation authorizing the development of regulations to allow driverless cars on that state's roads:

Driverless Cars

Google (surprise) has been experimenting with automated vehicles in California for a while. Proponents maintain that removing the factor of human error would actually make the highways safer, as well as allowing more cars to use the same amount of road mileage at one time and move along faster and more smoothly.

Who'd have guessed Heinlein's classic "The Roads Must Roll" would turn out to be so prophetic? (In general, not in detail; he postulated specially designed surfaces the cars would have to run on. Although his fiction foresaw many technological wonders that have come true, oddly he didn't anticipate the pocket calculator. HAVE SPACESUIT, WILL TRAVEL combines Moon colonies with slide rules.)

Welcome to the future!

Margaret L. Carter
Carter's Crypt


  1. I wonder how they work in construction zones? Nevada always messing up roads for long, long periods of time. We've got Reno's several month long Carmageddon going on down there on I80 by downtown.

  2. I just hope when they become standard they will have a manual override. My worry is what happens when something suddenly quits functioning in the middle of the highway.