Cars of the future

New cars will be smarter, safer, more efficient — and able to drive themselves.

By Stephen Ornes, 16:28 PM October 5, 2011


On a sunny day last January, people flocked to Las Vegas to zip around a parking lot in small vehicles that looked more like colorful eggs than ordinary cars. The automobiles were electric, rolled on two wheels instead of four and held only two passengers. Thanks to their tiny size, six of the vehicles would fit in a parking spot. If the idea of parking such a small car makes you nervous, don’t worry: These cars can park themselves.

And return to their owners, when summoned by a button on...

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