Google’s self-driving car project turns ten this year, but we’re as far away from a driverless future as ever. Or so it seems.
In this sneak preview of the forthcoming book Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless car, Anthony Townsend explains how everything we’ve been told about autonomous vehicles is turning out wrong. We won’t wake up tomorrow and find ourselves surrounded by silent, smooth-running, self-driving cars humming along in synchronization. Instead, three big stories will define the driverless future–specialization, materialization, and financialization. Together, they will give rise a world of mobility that’s both more chaotic, yet more useful and delightful than ever.