Photo: A prototype of a driverless car made by students in ArtCenter College of Design's "Driving Sensations" class. (Nik Hafermaas)
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You've heard the buzz about driverless cars. Well, they are coming soon to a road near you. Uber is about to launch a fleet of autonomous cars onto the streets of Pittsburgh. What does this mean for passengers, for the city, and for those who make a living as drivers? We talk with folks at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and an Uber driver who believes autonomous cars are not ready for prime-time.
We've been hearing about Uber's new driverless fleet of cars in Pittsburgh, and whether human driving will become a thing of the past. Critics say neither the infrastructure nor the cars will be ready for prime time anytime soon. Tech columnist Nick Bilton begs to differ.
Most coverage of self-driving, or autonomous, cars has focused on the technology and the infrastructure to make this possible. But a recent course taught at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena had students from a range of disciplines consider what riding in such a car would actually feel like. The class is called Driving Sensations, and DnA producer Avishay Artsy spoke to some of the students and teachers involved.
Before driverless cars there were regular families living in nice tract homes with a car in the driveway. That's the world Tennessee-based artist Mark Bennett has been celebrating for decades with painstakingly hand-drawn fantasy plans of the homes featured in beloved TV shows like Leave It to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Brady Bunch, as well as classic movies like Psycho. Bennett discusses his latest exhibition of drawings, which includes "Home of Mr. Norman Bates" and maps of celebrity relationships both real and imagined.
Mark Bennett, artist
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