Mark Your Calendars for the Driverless-Car Future: 2025

Newt's gonna be so happy!

(Source: Steve Jurvetson via Wikipedia)

(Source: Steve Jurvetson via Wikipedia)

When will driverless cars arrive, delivering commuters from the responsibility for actually steering themselves to the office? The Wall Street Journal talked to experts at the SAE International World Congress in Detroit, and the consensus says that “fully autonomous vehicles might hit the streets in meaningful numbers” by 2025.

Or, as the Journal puts it: 

“At the dawn of the automobile age, driving a car wasn’t so high status. Having a chauffeur was. Within a decade, the auto business could return full circle to the concept of motorists as mainly passengers.”

Finally, Newt Gingrich’s towering passions, driverless cars and Downton Abbey, come full circle.