It’s not ‘Jetsons,’ but robots are here to stay

In a similar manner, some car manufacturers are already including features like adaptive cruise control and self-parking – while BMW develops a kind of short-term autopilot for drivers incapacitated by a medical issue. Features like the latter are likely to arrive on the market within the next five to ten years and will help condition the public for fully autonomous cars in the years beyond, said Chris Urmson, a Carnegie Mellon University robotics researcher who joined Google to work on the Mountain View search company’s self-driving car initiative.