The fact of the matter is people know that technology of the kind exists, which begs the question: What's the holdup?
The problem, Eric Jaffe points out, is antiquated traffic laws.
"Right now autonomous vehicles are illegal in every state. Before they can gain access to the road we must rewrite just about all our current driving codes, which take for granted that a person is behind the wheel," he says.
Tyler Cowen of George Mason University weighs in, "[T]ransportation is one area where progress has been slow for decades." He continues, "That debate on this issue is so quiet shows the urgency of doing something now."