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Driverless Cars Not Enough On Their Own Says Expert

on Monday, Sep. 30th

Over the summer we did a little series with NPR about the future of car culture as viewed through the eyes of millennials.

In our conversations around the series we talked a fair bit about about driverless cars and smart cars. We all know these cars are coming, Google keeps driving them around the Bay Area, but will they be enough to really solve our traffic issues?

Infrastructure expert Terry Bennett writes that "Google's Plan for Autonomous Cars Doesn't Go Far Enough" in a piece for Wired today:

What Google has started is a huge advance – and a healthy prod to the automotive industry. But it can’t be just the car that is smart; the car also needs to play a role as a real-time data contributor to the overall transportation network, too. This is where the intelligence of an autonomous system really shines. It will also set the stage for a day when the cars of today or even the autonomous cars of tomorrow are replaced by the desired modular approach to infrastructure.

Short version: infrastructure may not sound whiz-bang cool, but it is the key to any "intelligent car" plan.

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