It took a coronavirus outbreak for self-driving cars to become more appealing

It took a coronavirus outbreak for self-driving cars to become more appealing

Suddenly, a future full of self-driving cars isn’t just a sci-fi pipe dream. What used to be considered a scary, uncertain technology for many Americans looks more like an effective tool to protect ourselves from a fast-spreading, infectious disease. 

With COVID-19 — the name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus — keeping most of us housebound, it’s harder to get around or bring in supplies safely. Forget about socializing, just stocking up on groceries, toiletries, and basic medicines and products is a risky challenge. Suddenly having robots and computers help us out doesn’t seem so far-fetched. All that money that’s been funneled into testing self-driving cars — $27.5 billion in 2018, according to data company Statista — is starting to look more and more worthwhile. Read more…

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