Self-driving cars could be hitting showrooms sooner than we thought

It looks like we’ve been sneaked up on by a new revolution we thought would only happen decades from now—if at all during our lifetime.

But here’s what:

“Self-driving cars, long dismissed as a utopian pipe dream, are rapidly reaching the stage where they will be ready for the market. ‘We’re not talking about 20 years here, but more like five,’ says Sebastian Thrun, initiator and director of Google’s project.”

In fact, one study foresees self-driving cars hitting showrooms as soon as 2019.

Just think: If they perfect the technology—and it becomes mandatory for all vehicles on public roads to comply—injuries and deaths from road accidents would be things of the past.

That would surely be a welcome development.