NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As I read, I can't help but recognize how much information is popping up on autonomous driving.
Who would have thought that this Jetson-like idea was even a possibility, let alone likely in our lifetime?
But that likelihood continues to grow, just as mass acceptance of it continues to grow -- albeit, slowly.
In the Wall Street Journal article "The Driverless Road Ahead" by Dan Neil, he excitedly described just how close we might be, detailed in a few excerpts below:
Seven years ago, Nissan did a study describing to consumers over-the-horizon features of autonomous cars. "Then it was...'Oh, you mean the car is going to take control, I'm not comfortable with that," said Nissan's Ms. Nguyen. "Now it's almost a complete 180 in attitude. They have a personal alliance with their smartphone, and the car is the last place where the Internet is not part of their lives."
A fully autonomous vehicle, something you'd put your mom in, is "maybe more than a decade" away, said Dr. Herrtwich [of Mercedes Benz's autonomous-research program] with a touch of regret. That's one way to look at it. The other is, Holy Cow!
Brace yourself. In a few years, your car will be able to drop you off at the door of a shopping center or airport terminal, and return when summoned with a smartphone app. Audi demonstrated such a system at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
This is just a glimpse at what Neil covered in his piece. While I'm excited at the prospects of fully-autonomous driving, I tried to absorb what the impact might be like to the economy.