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The name of the Scottish indie band We Were Promised Jetpacks alludes to disappointment that the future isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Well, you can now buy a functioning jet pack if you have a spare $600,000.

A self-driving taxi to pick you up at your Canadian home? That’s still in the future. Some experts say the distant future.

That’s certainly not what it felt like a few years ago, and enthusiasts who expected things to move much faster are beginning to sound discouraged.

When I wrote about robot taxis in 2015, I quoted experts from Google’s self-driving car project — since spun off as a subsidiary under the name Waymo and still considered by people I spoke to as the one to beat — saying autonomous vehicles would be “available to the public in two to five years.”

Source: Canadian Broadcasting News

Date: October 1st, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/driverless-cars-pittis-1.5739153

Discussion

  1. ” Certainly one technique, Wells said, might be to designate some areas as autonomous-only, where the vehicles all follow the same rules without the presence of pesky humans. ” What do you think about this idea?
  2. What sorts of areas could you set up as “autonomous-only” right now?

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