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The headlights are on, but no one’s home

RE “GM predicts nearly driverless car” (Business, Aug. 29): I had to chuckle when I saw this brief item, because I already see nearly driverless cars all the time.

Usually people behind the wheel seem to be contemplating their navels, or their phones, as their oncoming vehicles drift into my lane. Sometimes they appear to be in a catatonic state, ambling along in the left lane of a major highway.

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Carl Sagan once said that in the future people would be amazed that we let just anyone drive these dangerous 3,000-pound machines.

I hope that the new version of driverless cars will be better than the ones we have.

Philip Mahler


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