Sci-Fi is becoming Sci-Fact, Starting with Self-Driving Cars

Technology | December 05, 2016

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We live in a technology-driven world. Read about self-driven cars to see how far we’ve come in robotics and how close we are to a Jetsons-type existence.

Remember thinking that in the new millennium we’d all be living like the Jetsons? Everyone would be using jet packs to get to work, robots would be cleaning our homes and dinner would magically appear hot and ready at the push of a button?

Disappointingly, jet packs are not yet available for purchase at every corner superstore and computers are not quite at the point of reconstituting meals in an instant. But, there are signs that we are heading in the direction from sci-fi toward sci-fact. Self-propelled vacuums are now available to clean our floors, gliding under couches and other hard to reach places, and self-driven cars are starting to pop up on the road–in at least one American city.

If you haven’t already heard about Uber and Volvo’s fleet of self-driving cars that made their debut in Pittsburgh, buckle up and dive into a recent article that highlights the different levels of auto autonomy. Maybe access to robot-driven vehicles is better than having a jet pack—at least you won’t get wet if it rains.

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