The biggest obstacle will be getting regulators to sign off on the technology because of potential dangers.
Even after the first autonomous cars are cleared for driving, don't expect to see cars where front seats swivel to face the back. The technology for ensuring the safety of everyone in a car is nowhere close to making vehicle designers confident.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said for some time that autonomous-drive vehicles are coming, but even he admits those cars will still need a driver behind the wheel.
Last year, he told the Financial Times that 90 percent of driving could eventually be handled by autonomous-drive cars. Beyond that would be a stretch.
"My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars," Musk told the FT. "It's incredibly hard to get the last few percent."
In the meantime, it's fun to imagine.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews.
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