Happy New Year from the Emerging Technologies team! As we wrap up 2007 and look ahead to 2008, it makes me think of the practical applications of new technology we might see someday.
One of today's headlines that grabbed my attention was: GM envisions driverless cars on horizon
There's a lot of compelling reasons to automate driving. If the technology improves, we could see reduced traffic congestion, lower accidents and fatalities, better gas mileage, and even shorter transit times. Of course, some might argue that we give up too much control to technology or we lose the enjoyment of the driving experience. (I suppose a switch so I can engage the "auto-pilot" only during boring commutes might solve that particular complaint.) Hey, feel free to weigh on in this by posting a comment!
p.s. Like a lot of emerging technology, it looks like science fiction beat us to the idea.