Self-Driving Cars: The New Way Forward

Self-Driving Cars: The New Way Forward

by Michael Fallon


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Self-driving cars mark the next great shift in mass transportation. Learn about early attempts at self-driving technology, the benefits of driverless cars, controversies surrounding the new technology, innovations that make self-driving cars possible, and the industry's major players. This emerging "disruptive" technology has its roots in the work of engineers and futurists dating back decades. Author Michael Fallon traces how the software and hardware for self-driving vehicles developed through the years, including major milestones, notable misfires, and efforts from the public and private sectors. He also spotlights recent breakthroughs that have made self-driving vehicles viable on a mass scale, along with the public debate that these breakthroughs have created.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541500556
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 1,190,499
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Fallon is a writer of books, magazine articles, and essays on all sorts of subjects—art and failing artists, Southern California, science and technology, baseball and sports, music, food, American social and cultural history, childhood and fatherhood, and much more. He lives in Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction: When Transportation Technologies Collide 4

Chapter 1 The Origins of the Self-Driving Car 20

Chapter 2 Self-Driving Technology 36

Chapter 3 From if to When 52

Chapter 4 Roadblocks 65

Chapter 5 The Self-Driving Future 77

Timeline 88

Source Notes 91

Glossary 93

Selected Bibliography 95

Further Information 98

Index 101

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