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Driverless cars: the future is now, but how did we get here?




An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade-secrets case.
An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade-secrets case.
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It’s the Holy Grail of the automotive and tech industries: the driverless car.

Whether autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles or on-demand transportation, it’s not a matter of years before we see the first commercial autonomous ride-sharing service. It’s a matter of weeks.As Waymo prepares for its official launch in Phoenix, Arizona, more companies will follow suit and expand globally.

In what’s being called the “most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone,” the ambitious revolution of eliminating car crashes, reducing our carbon footprint, providing freedom of transportation for the elderly and disabled as well as saving our time and money edges closer to reality, and one of the first to predict and track that reality was Lawrence D. Burns.

The former General Motors executive and self-driving car expert joins Larry Mantle to talk about his new book, “Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car — and How It Will Reshape Our World.” If you have questions about the past, present, or future of driverless technology, call in at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Lawrence D. Burns, former General Motors executive and longtime advisor to the Google self-driving car project “Waymo”;  author of “Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World” (HarperCollins 2018)