Driverless at Last
Cars, Artificial Intelligence, and You
How driverless cars, guided by cutting-edge artificial intelligence, can improve urban commuting and introduce new opportunities across a range of industries.
Cars and trucks make the best aspects of modern life possible. Yet in exchange for their convenience, we have paid a steep price in road accidents, toxic air pollution, and nightmarish traffic jams. The good news is that artificial intelligence and robotics technologies have advanced to the point where they can now safely drive a car. In Driverless at Last, roboticist Hod Lipson and analyst Melba Kurman paint a vivid and well-researched picture of the ways in which driverless vehicles will ease the negative side effects of cars and trucks while introducing opportunities across a wide range of industries and pastimes.
Lipson and Kurman explore the social value of pandemic-proof, one-person commuter “pods”; make a case for the traffic-busting benefit of last-mile, driverless e-commerce delivery wagons; and explain the economic benefits of autonomous long-haul freight trucks. They cover the policy landscape and legal barriers that stand in the way of autonomous vehicles, and provide a lucid, nontechnical explanation of their robotic technology. Lipson and Kurman's practical, well-researched insights into the future impact of emerging technologies, combined with their accessible explanations of the ways these technologies actually function, make Driverless at Last a timely report on the advantages of autonomous vehicles.