If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would greatly change how cars would be made and driven — namely by computers, according to the San Jose Mercury News. About 99 percent of all traffic and fatal collisions are caused by human error, so robots might be a safer bet. Read Complete Report
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Imagine cars driving themselves seamlessly and safely down the highway. Gone are traffic jams, crazy drivers, and commute-induced headaches. A vision of the future? Actually, no, this was the vision of the1939 World’s Fair and an idea that has come, come again, and now seems closer than ever before. A combination of technological availability, continuing safety concerns, and escalating congestion and energy problems fuel transportation researcher and policy-maker dreams of robotic vehicles. . . . Read Complete Report
The 1939 New York World’s Fair offered a vision of a utopian city of tomorrow—one in which life was going to be easy thanks to new technology that would revolutionize transportation, household work and daily life. Yet, the Fair made no mention of war, no sense of a troubled present, in spite of the looming world nightmare.