I love this topic, and agree with those who think it will lead to nearly unimaginable changes.
From the Economist
And from Popular Science.
“NHTSA defines five levels of autonomous-car tech, with level zero being nothing. Level one cars include standard safety features such as ABS brakes, electronic stability control, and adaptive cruise control (ACC). In level two, level-one features like lane centering and ACC tie together and the car begins to drive itself. Level three has the Google-style autopilot. And level four is the holy grail—the car that can drive you home when you’re drunk and then go fetch another six-pack. Already NHTSA has mandated level-one technologies in every new car. Several automakers have systems that approach level two on the test track, and Mercedes appears to be the first to market.”
Level 3 should not be allowed on personal vehicles. That will force people to drive only under bad or worst case conditions. I really don’t want to be on the road with someone who ONLY drives when it’s snowing, do you?