10 Epic Self-Driving Car Trips

A look back at 10 memorable rides that helped spur the development of self-driving cars.

Photo Caption: Audi's A7 self-driving car kicking off a 566-mile trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas for the 2015 International CES.

By some estimates, there will be 10 million self-driving cars on the road by 2020. The technology isn’t quite there yet. The artificial intelligence (AI) that powers self-driving cars needs many more hours of practice before it can safely take to the roads in great numbers.

Politicians aren’t there yet either; they need to be convinced that self-driving cars are safe before they will make them legal to sell and “drive” on public roads.

But we’re almost there.

Google’s self-driving cars are clocking up the miles. Firms in China are developing autonomous cars. And the new Lexus comes with an autopilot feature that brings a flavor of robotic intelligence to the driving experience.

It has taken decades of research and some epic journeys to get us to this point. So, in tribute to the journeys and cars that have helped spur the development of self-driving cars, here’s a look back at 10 epic self-driving car trips for your enjoyment.

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About the Author

Emmet Cole · Emmet Cole has been writing about robots since 2006. Formerly Wired UK's robotics expert, Emmet's bylines include Wired News, The Economist, BBC Future, and Robotics Trends. He is particularly interested in commercialization of research and in the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications of emerging robotic and cyborg technology.
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