Technically, there's no reason that self-driven cars will be electric. But when looking into the future, it's clear that robotics will be part of the scene. It could be sensors to improve the safety of drivers by avoiding obstacles. Or cars could become self-driving, something that Google has been testing out the past few years without any robot-related mishaps. One important advance in the past few years is the amount of data available and processing power in the cloud available to improve the performance of self-driven cars. Google last year was granted a patent for a system that would direct a robotic car based on markings on the road. One could imagine, for example, that a driver would take a car to a location where the car would then be self-driven.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
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