Was 2020 The Year Driverless Cars Became Inevitable?

To hear most media pundits tell it, robocars have had a wild ride in 2020 — and arguably, a fall from grace. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao kicked off January at a splashy consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where she announced a new set of regulatory “guidelines” that essentially gave the industry an enthusiastic thumbs up to test the nascent technology on American streets with only voluntary, self-administered safety assessments.