Imagine this scenario: you climb into your car to begin your morning commute to the office. You fasten your seat belt, start your vehicle, and begin driving. Before long, you've left your neighborhood behind and have merged onto the city streets. You take out your newspaper and begin reading, confident that your car will reach your destination without requiring any manual input from you.
What I've just described may seem laughably close to science fiction. In reality, the automotive technology needed to accomplish most of the above is already in development. Automakers are integrating artificial intelligence within their respective fleets that allow their vehicles to avoid traffic collisions, including those that involve pedestrians.