HOW TO TALK ABOUT AUTONOMOUS CARS
Everyone’s got a half-baked take on self- driving cars. They’re amazing! They’re dangerous! They’ll never happen! The truth is, as always, more nuanced than most people understand. Here’s a beginner’s guide — so the next time you find yourself listening to someone pontificate on the greatness of Tesla’s self- driving cars, you can inject some actual knowledge into the conversation.
First, know that self- driving cars might be rolling out in baby steps over the coming decades. Like a video game, there will be levels. Understanding them will one day be just as important as knowing the difference be- tween manual and automatic transmissions.*
Although it’s not yet road legal, the first Level 3 system — on the Audi A8 — is here now, and others are sure to follow before the decade is out.