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How close are self-driving cars? Ford CTO breaks it down at CES 2014

As part of TechRepublic's interview with Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas at CES 2014, the topic turned to when self-driving cars will arrive. This video clip has the answer.
 

When Jason Hiner and I interviewed Paul Mascarenas on the CNET Stage during CES 2014 one of the questions I asked was how close we are to self-driving cars. Check out Paul's very pragmatic response in this three-minute video clip.

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adornoe
adornoe

My Ford Escape has SYNC, and I'm loving the idea of hands-free control of many of the things which in the past required manual management of the controls for radio/entertainment, climate/air conditioning, navigation, using the smartphone (via bluetooth) for dialing and receiving calls; all hands free and voice-controlled.  The apps thing is also pretty cool.  I'm still discovering a bunch of other things about SYNC.  

Donni Steen
Donni Steen

Angela and I have apps in our car. There are a few, but we mostly use the OnStar app from our cell phones, that tell us how much gas, what the milage is, remote start, unlock, lock, and all the bells and whistles. It's pretty cool, but my concern is, when these things go out, as all stuff human does, how much is it going to cost to repair or replace? Our car is a mild hybrid, and I know the battery is $7000 right now. OMG....glad I have an extended warranty!!!

Angie Barnett
Angie Barnett

Very interesting. I had not really considered the incremental aspect of the path to George Jetson's car. I like the idea of car apps!

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