Welcome to the future

Welcome to the 21st century. Yes, we’ve been here for 12 years already, but there is still something about saying it that makes it feel like we’ve suddenly arrived in the future.

I guess it’s because for so long it was the future, and now we’re here.

However, so far it’s turned out to be rather more mundane than we anticipated. None of us has humanoid robots running about the house performing chores, man still hasn’t landed on Mars and we still don’t have driverless cars.... Sorry, what’s that? Oh, yes. I’ll let them know.

Hello, and welcome to the 21st century. In news just in, it has been confirmed that for the first time in automotive history, driverless vehicles, adapted Toyota Prius models, have been given the go-ahead for use on public roads.

Although the only place so far to sanction their use is the US state of Nevada, where they can be used "along freeways, state highways and neighborhoods both in Carson City and the busy Las Vegas Strip", California is expected to follow suit shortly.

"The vast majority of vehicle accidents are due to human error," comments a Californian senator.

"Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analyzing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely."

How long, I wonder, before we see the like on UK roads? And, how long, I wonder, before duck2water is selling car insurance for driverless cars?

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