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No One at the Wheel

Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future
Narrated by: Gregory Abbey
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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The country's leading transport expert describes how the driverless-vehicle revolution will transform highways, cities, workplaces, and laws not just here, but across the globe.

Our time at the wheel is done. Driving will become illegal, as human drivers will be demonstrably more dangerous than cars that pilot themselves. Is this an impossible future or a revolution just around the corner?

Sam Schwartz, America's most celebrated transportation guru, describes in this audiobook the revolution in self-driving cars. The ramifications will be dramatic, and the transition will be far from seamless. It will overturn the job market for the one in seven Americans who work in the trucking industry. It will cause us to grapple with new ethical dilemmas - if a car will hit a person or a building, endangering the lives of its passengers, who will decide what it does? It will further erode our privacy, since the vehicle can relay our location at any moment. And, like every other computer-controlled device, it can be vulnerable to hacking.

Right now, every major car maker here and abroad is working on bringing autonomous vehicles to consumers. The fleets are getting ready to roll, and nothing will ever be the same. This audiobook shows us what the future has in store.

©2018 Samuel I. Schwartz (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"This is an excellent book. Sam Schwartz is a giant who has spent a career doing all he can to deliver transportation services that improve the quality of lives. A must-read!" (Alain Kornhauser, host of the Smart Driving Cars podcast and professor at Princeton University)

"Sam Schwartz does a great job of seeing the systems implications to the introduction of autonomous vehicles. No One at the Wheel helps us imagine a world with augmented driving experiences, and how this technology will change transportation as we know it." (James P. Hackett, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company)

"Cities need fewer futurists to marvel about transportation technology and more street sages like Sam Schwartz to keep sight of our urban fundamentals. No One at the Wheel tells us how to take cities off of autopilot and shape the driverless future we want to see on our streets." (Janette Sadik-Khan, author of Street Fight and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation)

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