Not many of us have been in self-driving cars. And that’s probably why a lot of people still fear the idea of getting behind the wheel of a car that’s run by a robot.
So when I took a ride in General Motors’ autonomous test car for the first time on Tuesday in San Francisco, Calif., that thought was at the top of my mind: I would be trusting this self-driving car to keep me safe.
In all fairness, this was a test vehicle, not one that GM’s autonomous arm, Cruise, is releasing to the public just yet. The company doesn’t pretend its cars are ready to be deployed without safety drivers, and even Alphabet’s Waymo — which recently rolled out truly driverless cars in a small part of Phoenix, Ariz. — would admit its cars still have more to learn before they are deployed en masse. See full strory.