Imagine if a car could drive itself. One could nap on the way to work, program the car to pick up the kids from soccer practice or legally drive home after drinking too much. The possibilities would be endless. The rate of car accidents would likely decrease over the years and individuals could be more productive in the car.
What may seem like science fiction may actually be a reality for many New Orleans drivers by 2018. Companies like Google and a number of others are working diligently to perfect the driverless car for commercial use. As of now, Google has been testing several driverless cars on active roads. They claim to have had over 50,000 tested miles without human interaction or accidents. The tested car can also park itself, keep a safe distance from other cars and brake to avoid collisions. While not yet perfected, Google hopes to make the driverless car available to the public as soon as 2018.