Sounds more like a pitch, if you’d ask me, Vince. Automakers have a clear interest in this: expand business. But the consequences may not be as positive as robotics engineers want us to believe. Experts have already warned that driverless vehicles, particularly the ones hunting for their next ride-hail passenger, may make traffic conditions worse. And if we have self-driving buses and shuttles use separate lanes, then we’ve gone backward. Anyway, 2020 will be a milestone year, Elon Musk promises. Then all Teslas will be able to function autonomously, he says. Let’s just wait and see. I’d be surprised.

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