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Are driverless cars and pilotless aircraft feasible in the mass market? And is the transportation industry likely to make the shift?

In recent years, we've seen the vehicles become more and more autonomous. Most planes can fly themselves, only requiring occasional input from pilots. At the same time, cars are gaining features like adaptive cruise control and automated parking. However, are entirely autonomous commercial airliners and cars viable for the mass market?
The factors that contribute to whether autonomous vehicles will become commonplace or not aren't just limited to technology. Legal, social, and economic issues should also be considered. For example, autonomous cars can result in families only needing one car instead of two or three, as the car could just return home after dropping someone off at school or at work. This could potentially discourage manufacturers as it results in a decreased amount of sales in their product.

So, are driverless cars and pilotless aircraft viable in the mass market? And is the automobile/aircraft industry likely to make the shift?

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  • May 3 2013: I would rather not drive in a world of self driving cars and fly in pilot-less aircraft as I don't think we can get the programming correct and/or build the infrastructure that such systems would require to function.
    I would be much happier if we created systems that did what computers do well, which is repetitive boring tasks without fail or lagging attention.
    A car system that watches are around with visual analysis and radar/sonar and/or watches our behaviour to see if we are intoxicated or just driving bad and warns us of problems and in extreme cases, takes evasive actions to avoid crashes.
    That would be enough for me to start with anyways

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