Now this is a game-changer
In my opinion the problem with the automobile isn't the fact that it doesn't plug-in, it's the fact that there are too many automobiles built too inefficiently with far too many natural resources. Yet, in the next few decades, the world's automotive fleet is expected to triple. Is that really sustainable, regardless of the fuel source?
Thus, I think something like auto-drive opens up the possibility for entirely new business models for car ownership, rentals, size, powertrains, etc., and the technology is far closer than many might believe.
Don't believe it? Here's a small clip of one of Google's self-driving Toyota Prius hybrid cars.