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Autonomous Cars 101, with Brad Templeton
Software Architect, Internet Entrepreneur, and Futurist
Self-driving cars are about more than taking your hands off the wheel. Brad Templeton, who consulted Google on its autonomous cars project, says a car that drives itself is a car that can deliver itself to you. Such an on-demand service will fundamentally change how we relate to our vehicles, says Templeton. Currently, we're given to buying cars for their least practical qualities. City-dwellers buy SUVs for a couple skiing trips each year, or a weekend carpenter will buy a gas-guzzling pickup and only use the truck bed occasionally. In an on-demand world, we'll have greater fuel efficiency and, as a result, a much better world.