Quest, a new series from KQED Radio, TV, Interactive and EdNet, focuses on the people behind the science and environmental issues that are changing the way we live.
Airs on KQED Public Radio Monday mornings at 6:30am and 8:30am
Recently on Quest:
It's every commuter's dream. You're stuck in an epic traffic jam and with the press of a button, your car does the driving for you. Now, thanks to companies like Google, robotic car technology is not so far off. This week, the state Legislature is considering a bill that would set up rules for putting self-driving cars on the road. But there are concerns that the technology is moving faster than the regulations.
Americans spend much of their time sitting in two places: behind the wheel of their cars and in front of their computer screens. So it makes sense that Detroit auto companies and Silicon Valley technology companies would eventually try to figure out how to combine these two parts of American society. Putting Internet access in cars may be the ultimate in mobile technology -- but it comes with a host of opportunities as well as dangers.