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The Future Of Driverless Cars Is Now

Bryan Reimer (right), Research Scientist at the MIT Agelab, confers with Research Associate Thomas McWilliams about the upgrading the Volkswagen Beetle driving simulator with new equipment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Bryan Reimer (right), Research Scientist at the MIT Agelab, confers with Research Associate Thomas McWilliams about the upgrading the Volkswagen Beetle driving simulator with new equipment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Just about 34 million people hit the road over the Memorial Day weekend—the most since 2005 and the second-highest total on record. But in the not too distant future we all may be flying to our holiday destinations—in our cars.

Most major automakers and a lot of smaller players are developing driverless vehicles. And members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers estimate that up to 75% of all vehicles will be autonomous by 2040. Sound unrealistic?Bruce Gellerman, from Here & Now contributor WBUR reports that part of that future is on the road right now.

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