Fully autonomous vehicles: A journey worth pursuing

The utopian visions of roads dominated by self-driving vehicles might not ever come to pass, but it’s still a goal worth pursuing.

Making roads safer and easing congestion are among the benefits often cited by proponents of this potentially revolutionary technology.

But it’s always striking for me to hear how much auto executives’ views on self-driving vehicles differ from one another. Some executives are excited about a future of fewer deaths on roadways and radically redesigned, more efficient vehicles. Others accept autonomy as inevitable in the long term while lamenting the eventual loss of the excitement and thrill that can come with driving.