Self-Driving Cars: Mixing Gen Y Auto Indifference with Tomorrow’s Tech

October 29th, 2012 | by Jim Motavalli

We are slowly but surely headed down the road to cars that drive themselves. Just take a look at current luxury vehicles with such features as lane keeping and departure warnings, collision avoidance and other forms of adaptive cruise control. If the driver does something dumb, stability control is there to preserve the peace.

The car is inexorably taking over, egged on by baby boomers approaching their last years behind the wheel, disabled people who might finally get empowered with personal transportation, and Generation Y, which would rather play with cell phones than drive.

The auto industry has an obvious interest here. Although it may have to take on liability responsibility for its technology, it’s probably worthwhile if automation keeps people interested in buying cars. With all the other distractions of modern life, cars don’t sell themselves as easily as they once did. But imagine cruising the highway at 100 mph while also surfing the web, eating a sandwich and talking on the phone.

Read more: txchnologist — Self-Driving Cars: Mixing Gen Y Auto Indifference with Tomorrow’s Tech.

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