Europe’s AImotive is taking its self-driving cars up a notch by testing them on Highway 101, Silicon Valley’s busiest highway. I know that it works because, brave soul that I am, I went riding in one of the company’s cars for a demo.
The demo included a test pilot, a co-pilot, company CEO Laszlo Kishonti, a marketing person — and me. I was slightly nervous and made jokes about whether I needed to create a will. But they assured me it was perfectly safe. The self-driving car software took over as we got onto the freeway. It handled things like lane changes and slowdowns, and the driver only took over as our speed dropped below 40 miles per hour amid heavy traffic.