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Driverless Cars of the Future Are Here Now

Driverless cars? That's some kind of futuristic fantasy, right? Think again. Driverless car technology has taken giant leaps in the past few years - in fact, you might see one driving right next to you any day now.

This tech won't come a moment too soon, either. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), distracted driving killed 5,474 people in the U.S. in 2009, and that number is only going to get bigger and scarier.

As you can see in the infographic below, help is on the way. Even though ingenious autonomous cars are in the research stage right now, within the next few years you'll be able to buy one for yourself.

In fact, a lot of that technology is already finding its way into today's cars. You're already familiar with GPS, and many cars now have lane-departure warning systems and can park themselves.

The autonomous vehicle sounds spectacular, with the potential to almost eliminate accidents. But the key question: Will people accept the technology? Maybe not at first, but within a couple of decades, I predict we'll look back at the days of human driving and wonder how we subjected ourselves to such horrific dangers on a daily basis.

Think about it. This is exciting. Soon, you'll be able to read your iPad on the way to work (oh wait, you're already doing that?). Or you'll call your car to pick you up at the airport, just like cowboys used to whistle for their horses.

Dive into this infographic, and look forward to our driverless future:

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Infographic courtesy DanielRosen.com, Google autonomous vehicle pic courtesy Wikipedia Commons

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