The 1990s science-fiction fantasy “Total Recall” featured an autonomous vehicle called the “Johnny Cab.” Hollywood’s prediction of small and box-like automobiles controlled by robot chauffeurs are a world away from the self-driving cars that very soon will become a reality.

Recent federal autonomous vehicle guidelines put autonomous vehicles (AVs) one step closer to becoming a consumer commodity. While major manufacturers prepare their individual fleets of self-driving cars, they emerge free from the robotic driver of Hollywood’s predictions. And as we transition to a fully autonomous experience, there is little call for the steering wheel, pedals or, in fact, any human touch points.

This raises major ethical questions.  Read full article here.

From Ward Auto, by Michael Stencil.