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Commuting

Having a personal driver is a luxury most people can't afford. But with companies like Google, IBM and German automotive parts maker Continental AG working on autonomous driving systems, it may become more common for your car to handle the commute itself.

There are already vehicles that can parallel park themselves, so having them take the wheel completely isn't a big jump. (Nevada, Florida and California, in fact, have already passed laws permitting the operation of autonomous cars for testing.) For busy workers, that extra time can be used to get ahead on the day's calls and conferences.


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