But: Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think: MIT Technology Review.
Previously: Two good reads on the future of driverless (and driver assisting) cars, including the significant advantages Google might possess given its access to the voluminous amount of data critical for the safe and proper functioning of driverless cars:
Data in the Driver’s Seat by Frédéric Filloux at MondayNote: “Applied to millions of vehicles, traffic and infrastructure management will turn into a gigantic data and communication problem. Again, Google might be the only entity able to write the required software and to deploy the data centers to run it. Its millions of servers will be of great use to handle weather information, road conditions (as cars might be able to monitor their actual friction on the road and transmit the data to following vehicles, or detect humidity and temperature change), parking data and fuel availability (gas or electricity). And we can even think of merging all this with day-to-day life elements such as individual calendars, commuting patterns and geolocating people through their cell phones.”
Why Silicon Valley is Winning the Robocar Race by Virginia Postrel at BloombergView: “One reason for Silicon Valley’s ascendency is the extraordinary quality of today’s cars. Pretty much everybody makes reliable cars that drive well. So the main competitive differences don’t come from mechanical engineering but from software.”