Grandiose ideas for self-driving cars, buses, and trucks are progressing; but a simpler approach may get there first: self-driving golf carts. It may sound silly, but creating networks of autonomous autos is much more difficult and dangerous than creating a network of small, slow, light, vehicles to move people around spaces like campuses, business parks, and factories. By working in controlled environments, liability is simplified. By working with smaller, slower, and lighter vehicles design issues are simplified and hazards are diminished. College campuses may see such systems as early as this year. It is easy to imagine having something similar in airports, where you may finally get to the right gate on time.
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