After re-watching The Minority Report I shouldn't be too surprised that Google came up with a nearly fully-functional self-driving car. And judging by the way the test Toyota Prius drives in the videos below -- looking like it's Michael Schumacher behind the wheel and not a computer armed with a GPS -- it seems to drive better than most people already.
At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars. TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course. The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.
I'm guessing that the city-wide retina-scanners won't be too far behind -- probably courtesy of Facebook.
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