"Imagine the time savings if you could just be a passenger," he added. "I am excited about the positive aspects of self-driving cars, as they will lead to shorter and safer commutes and the eradication of drinking and driving deaths."
Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group, said the high-tech industry needs to pay attention to what makes people nervous.
"If you have dissenting people who are really against it, they can work hard to block it," he added. "With robotics, if we put a lot of people out of work in a short period of time, it's going to be bad. We have to think through how we implement the technology and the concerns people have. If they're worried about alien cows taking over the planet, well, that's not a big worry. But if people are worried about losing their jobs, we have to really address that."
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