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How can carmakers adapt to driverless vehicles?

They can partner with software companies—but may end up following their lead

By Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman  

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When human drivers let intelligent software take the wheel, driverless cars will offer billions of people all over the world a safer and more convenient mode of transport. In an ideal future, our roads will glisten with swarms of tightly packed driverless cars. Moving in schools like fish, these cars will demonstrate extraordinary anti-collision abilities, effortlessly navigating through streets full of pedestrians and falling gracefully into fuel-efficient formations on long, empty stretches of motorway. Some cars will carry a passenger or two. Others will be empty, on their…

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