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5 Recent Books About Self-Driving Cars

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Autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance rapidly, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how immediate its impact will be, how safe the technology is, and how much it will disrupt life as we know it. These five recent titles provide a variety of perspectives to help readers understand the technology, ethics, and ramifications of the driverless car revolution.

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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Product Details: 328 pages (paperback)
Publication Date: Sept. 23, 2016
Publisher: The MIT Press

In this book, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman lay out the benefits and drawbacks of autonomous vehicles, explore the history of how driverless transportation came about, and explain the technology behind it. Although the authors take a balanced approach to the subject, their overall outlook on driverless cars is a positive one.

The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Shape the Future by Vivek Wadhwa with Alex Salkever

Product Details: 240 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: April 3, 2017
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler

Scholar Vivek Wadhwa tackles the pros and cons of driverless cars head-on, urging readers to ask these three questions: “Does the technology have the potential to benefit everyone equally?” “What are the risks and rewards?” and “Does the technology foster autonomy or dependency?”

Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car by Lawrence D. Burns with Christopher Shulgan

Product Details: 368 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: Aug. 28, 2018
Publisher: Ecco

Autonomy author Lawrence D. Burns has headed up research and development for General Motors and currently advises Google’s Self-Driving Car team — excellent qualifications for writing this fascinating ground-level history of how driverless cars were developed.

No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future by Samuel I. Schwartz

Product Details: 272 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: Nov. 20, 2018
Publisher: PublicAffairs

Transportation expert Samuel I. Schwartz believes the disruptive impact of driverless cars is imminent, His book offers a detailed look at changes that are already on the way, urging readers to carefully think through the ramifications of autonomous vehicles so they can be ready.

Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Product Details: 248 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Apollo

This book by Jalopnik writer Jason Torchinsky helps readers think through all the ways that autonomous vehicles will change our culture, economy, and everyday routines — and how they’ll fit into the lives of people who love traditional cars.

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