General Motors has invested $5 million in a five-year project at Carnegie Mellon University to further an autonomous driving project. In other words: developing cars that drive themselves. “Imagine being virtually chauffeured safely in your car while doing your e-mail, eating breakfast and watching the news,” said Larry Burns, GM vice president of R&D and Strategic Planning.
The idea of autonomous driving is nothing new to the auto industry. GM first introduced a prospective guidance system on the Firebird II in the mid 50s. As technology improved, so has the feasibility of eliminating the driver. BMW has demonstrated self-driving technology based on GPS as recent as last year.
So, with the driverless car is on the horizon, the question becomes, “Is this good for drivers?” After all, letting a computer be the pilot may save your life, but without the ability to have a white-knuckled driving experience, is it a life worth living?