2018 Was a Hard Reality Check For Autonomous Cars

Contrary to what our tech overlords in Silicon Valley (and, to be fair, Detroit too) have been saying, we will not have fully driverless cars in a couple years. Or even several years. If anything, this last year has only proven that self-driving cars won’t be viable on a massive scale for decades.

So many of this year’s stories involved technology failing in everyday circumstances, companies delaying their development programs, governments that are clueless about what to do with the emerging tech, and even the success stories show just how limited the technology still is from being ready for prime time.

Elon Musk himself once had to come to the conclusion that “humans are underrated.” It turns out that’s true behind the wheel too.

Let’s break down what did and didn’t work out in the biggest year ever for self-driving cars.