Wolverton: Self-driving cars promise a ‘revolution,’ but not necessarily a positive one

With self-driving car technology rapidly advancing and such vehicles already driving on city streets, the time is ripe to start talking about how they might change more than just how we get around.

Self-driving cars won’t just be cool technological gadgets. They are also likely to spur profound changes to the economy and society.
The move to autonomous vehicles “literally is a revolution,” said Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University who co-directs a lab there dedicated to self-driving car research.