Silicon Valley sits at the epicenter of the nation's software industry. Detroit sits at the epicenter of the nation's auto industry. As the two industries merge, there's a rivalry brewing.
In a few short decades, new automotive technology might eliminate the need for drivers to wait at red lights. It may eliminate the need for steering wheels. It may even eliminate the need for drivers to carry licenses.
Have you ever sat for a couple of hours and just watched ants work? Unless you have a government grant or just no life at all, probably not. They're actually quite fascinating according to The Discovery Channel. They (the ants, not TDC) can carry 10-50 times their own weight, get more done before dawn than you do in a month, can fill out 1040-EZ forms without the worksheets and never, ever get caught in traffic jams.
General Motors' CEO Rick Wagoner won't be making his keynote address at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show until Tuesday, but word is that a big talking point in his speech will be driverless cars. According to CNN Money/Autos, Wagoner is expected to reveal that GM will be testing driverless cars by 2015 and have cars on the road by 2018. What is meant by "on the road" remains to be seen, as buying a real production Tahoe with this technology within ten years seems like a stretch. Still, the suc