Google's Eric Schmidt continues to hype the development of a self-driving car, this week taking...

|By:, SA News Editor

Google's Eric Schmidt continues to hype the development of a self-driving car, this week taking up the case at the annual Allen & Co. media confab in Sun Valley. According to the exec, the innovation works splendidly as drivers equipped with a "Google Maps on steroids" - along with computer-linked cameras, radars, and lasers - see increased safety and fuel efficiency. Automakers quietly back the idea of manufacturing models, with Ford going on record as saying self-driving cars of some variety will be here within five years. Increasingly, the question on the tech is not why or if, but when?