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Horseless carriage soon to be driverless

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It didn't occur to me until I started googling that the reason I've seen a glut of driverless car headlines today is that there was a big presentation by Toyota at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas of the autonomous car technology they're working on.

Just to catch you up, you probably already know about Google's pioneering initiative. Add to that Toyota/Lexus, Audi, Volvo, and Nissan.

Add to that the fact that California, Florida and Nevada have opened their legislative arms to autonomous vehicles. (For a funny bit of insight on the powers behind Florida politics, check out the political attack ad in this item and the rendering for this planned south Florida development.) And look slightly ahead to pending legislation from Hawaii, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.

One day in the not-very-distant future we'll tell our grandchildren about the crazy old days when we had to use our hands and our feet at the same time to drive our own cars (and kill each other by the tens of thousands each year).