There are no self-driving cars on sale today. Point blank. That’s the cold-hard truth. Nothing fits the bill based on the SAE Scale of Autonomy’s standard. It’s true technology and engineering has come a very long way, but based on the SAE’s standards, we’re still very far from a proper autonomous car. We’ll dive into that below.
I largely agree with former Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt’s view that “it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers.” In terms of sheer technical elegance, we never should have been at the controls in the first place.
Imagine we hadn’t yet invented automobiles. Suppose I Iaid out a vision for using 3,300 pound machines to typically transport just our 175-pound selves in a process requiring we pay rapt attention to the use of a steering wheel and pedals to navigate roads composed of asphalt, brightly colored suggestions and poorly guided machines