We've all heard about smart, driverless cars, and in the near future such vehicles could be as commonplace as GPS. What are the newest innovations in driverless technology? And what about the latest technology that can also make us better, smarter drivers? Long before autonomous cars take over our highways, we will see innovations aimed at eliminating bad habits that cause costly and often deadly collisions. Take, for example, monitors that track eye and head movements to determine whether the driver is watching the road, or a gear shift knob that can read blood-alcohol levels from a sweaty palm. One company is even developing sensors for the steering wheel that can tell if a driver is having a heart attack. These innovations and more are within reach, but will they guarantee our safety? Moreover, because they track and store data, what will be the impact on privacy? And how will our current infrastructure accommodate these cars of the future?
Senior Editor, Automotive, Time Inc.; Founder and CEO, the Auto 100
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Financial Services
Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
George Westinghouse Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University