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The whispers are developing into murmurs from automakers on plans to follow Google's lead and develop self-driving car concepts. While Google has already
its test car through traffic in Silicon Valley, major automakers start to ramp up. Nissan (
) unveiled a futuristic driverless car at a tech show - while Ford (
), Audi (
), and BMW (
) are in a testing phase. The end game: Down the road, the technology could be developed to automate simple driving in places such as college campuses or business complexes before hitting mainstream roads.
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Driver-less cars lead to cheap taxi's that can be fetched with the GPS in your smart phone. This leads to more use of public transportation such as buses and trains for trips to other cities. And that leads to more people being willing to own electric cars with a limited range.
Oct 29, 2012. 09:46 AM
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