The 2002 film Minority Report was futuristic sci-fi at its sleekest. One of the major technological components was the automatic car: set it on autopilot, and it seamlessly moves along with traffic. We saw it again in I, Robot, and this is one realworldtechnology that we’ve been waiting for for a long time.
The Google Driverless Car was the first real-world attempt that gained widespread public recognition, even after those videos of it running over traffic cones. Google claims that its small fleet has now driven more than 300,000 milesunassisted by human control, and usually has at least 12 cars out on the road at all times.
Not to be left behind, Volvo has recently tested its own “platooning technology” in which a string of driverless vehicles follows behind a lead car, stopping, turning, andaccelerating in unison. In essence, they’re being electronically towed by the lead car, allowing the driver to “spend their time doing other things while driving”, which is something everybody does anyway.