So long, jetpacks! Our self-driving car has arrived. Burkhard Bilger has a rundown of the fascinating build-up to the self-driving car and its future in the New Yorker — and in this case the future is now. Now, the question is, are we really ready to start using it?
"Of the 10 million accidents that Americans are in every year," Bilger writes, "nine and a half million are their own damn fault." Already, Google's self-driving car is better than us at our own game. California drivers have already started spotting Google's self-driving car out and about on the roads (it's generally pretty inconspicuous — minus the rooftop attachment, a big Google logo on its side, and a giant, suitably red kill switch wedged in between the two front seats). So far, it's gone over half a million miles without an accident and the average American driver can only make it about half that far before we start knocking over traffic cones and hitting curbs. But, at least so far, it still needs a bit of a human touch: