Self-Driving Cars and Trucks Take to the Roads in Japan

The idea of self-driving cars probably seemed like a farfetched idea a couple decades ago (except for maybe in the world of Knight Rider), but it looks like they may very well be something we’ll soon have to get used to seeing on our roads. Over in Japan, the government-funded corporation New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has begun to look at making large trucks self-driving, while also cutting down the use of gas. They’ve done tests where four semi-trucks drive in a line – the first one being driven by a human, while the rest automatically follow. However, as seen in the video above, they’ve also taken great strides in having trucks driven completely on their own go solo without the help of a human guide.

With Google also putting in work on making self-driving cars a reality, it’s only a matter of time before these cars take over. It’s uncertain if self-driving cars will make human’s learning how to drive a thing of the past, but I’m sure we’ll cross that bridge once we get there.

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