"As part of its second quarter earning announcement today, local transportation and delivery giant Uber announced its biggest bet on autonomous vehicles yet, saying it would purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google." We're headed to a society of automated transportation. Pretty crazy, huh?
If you thought this announcement was true, you're not alone. This imaginary "Dispatch from the Future" blog post on TechCrunch, dated July 25, 2023, picked up massive circulation among a wide range of news sources. I even heard someone on a technology panel reference it as factual evidence of the disruption occurring in the transportation industry.
We all seem to romanticize around a future that's as easy as pulling out your smartphone and getting an army of driverless cars to take you to your final destination, without questioning its plausibility.