SACRAMENTO - Imagine driving down the road without touching the wheel or pressing a pedal. Well, you may not have to imagine much longer.
Google recently released a video online showing a blind man driving around town and running errands in one of their self-driving (autonomous) cars. It's something he was obviously never able to do before.
According to new data published by 'Wired Magazine', Google's autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids have already logged over 300,000 miles. Google has also successfully pushed for legislation in Nevada to legalize self-driving cars, and California is rumored to be the next state in line.
The 'Wired Magazine' article states that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers predicted self-driving cars would account for 75 percent of vehicles on the road by the year 2040.
And Google is not the only company testing the waters. According to 'Wired Magazine', GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars on a large scale by 2015 - and is predicting to have totally self-driving cars on the road by the end of this decade.
Once this future becomes reality, engineers say there will no longer be a need for traffic signs, lights or even driver's licenses.