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It's time to leave the driving to the droids

Tom Kaneshige | Dec. 6, 2013
The best thing about driverless cars is that robots don't get distracted. senior writer Tom Kaneshige explains why we should pry our fingers from the steering wheel and leave the road to self-driven cars.

Then again, other people are warming up to the idea of cars and trains being driven by robots.

During the BART strike this year, for instance, people were surprised to learn that train drivers didn't actually do the driving except during emergencies -- everything is automated. Many BART riders were outraged that union workers were demanding more money when they didn't seem to be doing much work. Then they learned that a BART driver needs only a high school diploma, a valid California driver's license and three years of experience "interacting with the general public in a variety of ways," according to a job post description, to qualify for the job.

Would you want them doing the driving?


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