DRIVERLESS CARS are becoming more common these days as Google continues testing their performance in real time traffic. Prototype vehicles continuously travel about in traffic, retrofitted with cameras, sensors, and lights. However, there still remains a human at the controls. This sighting during a recent shopping errand sparked a lengthy discussion between me and Frances regarding the acceptance of such a radical idea. Is it safer? Who's liable in an accident? How much automation vs. human control is possible? Will the lawmakers approve?
Computers certainly have impacted our lives through research, shopping, finance, travel, entertainment, health and fitness -- to name a few areas.
So what can go wrong? And how much proof is needed before we are willing to relinquish control of the steering wheel?