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.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|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 subjectsart 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
Source Notes 91
Selected Bibliography 95
Further Information 98