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Driverless cars
Driverless cars

Cars that can find their way to a destination without the input of a driver have been in the works for long enough that it is no longer a question of if there will be driverless cars, but when.

In fact, partially automated cars such as Ford's self-parking technology will be here very soon, with a progression to fully automated cars by 2025. One expert, Sven Beiker, executive director for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, noted that even driverless cars won't be able to protect themselves in every situation. A Stanford team won a $2 million prize in 2005 for its driverless car, winning the 132-mile race sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

"There will be accidents, but in the bigger context, there will be lives saved," Beiker said.

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