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Self-propelled cars for safety and efficiency

In this thought-provoking essay Sebastian Thrun makes a strong case for the use of self-propelled vehicles. Three things struck me about this piece. The first is that the technology and engineering behind the work he is discussing comes from Google and not any of the big three car companies (okay, so perhaps this shouldn't be that surprising). The second thing I found interesting is that not only do these self-propelled cars exist but they also have been tested on almost 200,000 miles of public highways and have done so 100% safely. Finally, texting in a vehicle is legal in Nevada -- as long as that vehicle is a self-driving autonomous vehicle.

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