Is The Age of the Robot Car Upon Us?

Brad Templeton, chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes that robot-driven cars will become commonplace on our roads in the next decade or two.
February 3, 2009, 1pm PST | Tim Halbur
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Templeton classifies these cars of the future into two types:

"Whistle Cars – Self-driving cars that can ferry themselves to drivers in need of a car at low, safe speeds. Smaller cars will be more viable, as customers will be able to order up a car that fits their needs for that day, rather than bigger vehicles that may be needed across its entire lifecycle.

After a whistlecar putters autonomously to its destination, the person renting the car takes over and drives it at standard highway speeds.

Robocars – Completely autonomous cars that take no user interaction to reach their destination. These must be extremely safe before public perception will shift to allow them on the road."

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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 in Boing Boing
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