California's taking the lead on self-driving cars
Published: Sunday, Jun. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 3, 2012 - 8:58 am
California is quietly positioning itself at the leading edge of what could be the biggest revolution in daily travel since the day the buggy was unhitched from the horse.
The self-driving, or autonomous, car, seen by many as a "Jetsons"-like futuristic dream, may be less than a decade from commercial reality, some researchers now say, pushed forward in good part by an unlikely California company – Web giant Google.