Driverless cars face technical, legal hurdles

– THE DETROIT NEWS, APRIL 21 2015, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

The driverless car of tomorrow may look cool — recent concepts feature sleek, “Jetsons”-like designs and interiors that resemble VIP lounges — but experts caution that much work needs to be done to make them practical.

In theory, autonomous vehicles are meant to make roads safer by eliminating error-prone humans from the driving experience. But can the sensors that will soon steer your car be able to account for five inches of snow and ice in mid-January? How will they handle Michigan’s pothole-filled highways?

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