We filter through a ton of futuristic technologies every day here at DVICE, but one advancement that keeps getting overlooked is the self-driving car by Google. When can we let our cars take the wheel, KITT-style? Google's chairman Eric Schmidt, thinks driving cars will be the norm in our lifetime.
Speaking at Allen and Co.'s Sun Valley conference, Schmidt let it slip that Google had discussed its self-driving car plans with all major auto-makers.
"Self-driving cars should become the predominant mode of transportation in our lifetime, said Schmidt.
Citing challenges in getting state approvals — Nevada being the only one to approve of the autonomous car — Schmidt said that "The current biggest problem is that it runs at the speed limit and nobody drives at the speed limit."
According to TechCrunch, Schmidt also said that Google's test raced its self-driving cars against human-driven cars and the self-driven ones would win. He further elaborated that getting to a destination in a self-driving car would be as simple as inputting an address into the car's internal maps navigation system and letting the car drive you via the quickest route.
Naturally, concerns about the car turning against the passenger were raised and Schmidt reassured everybody that "The deal here is that there's a person in the driver's seat, and a really big red button that says 'Off.'"
Self-driving cars wouldn't be just a boon for the lazy, but it'd also save lives. Schmidt believes that the faster we get self-driving cars, the more lives we'll save from car accidents.
What do you think? Will we really have self-driving cars in our lifetime? Remember, back in the 1950s, people were saying flying cars would become the norm in their lifetime, and look how that didn't happen.