Japan eyes driverless cars by early 2020s

Honda, maker of the reborn Acura NSX, is one of the companies working with the Japanese government on robot cars.

Tim Hornyak/CNET)

I can’t wait for the era of self-driving cars. I can’t believe it’s 2012 and we still have to turn a steering wheel and push pedals to get around while we could be doing better things like sleeping, reading, or actually watching the scenery roll by instead of the road.

The Japanese government has started talks on the goal of getting self-driving cars on public roads by the early 2020s.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has said it’s the first in the world to seriously consider robot cars for the masses, according to Nikkei Automotive News.

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