Driverless—Intelligent 80 years of car manufacturing, robotics and

Driverless—Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman is a thought-provoking book that takes a non-expert reader with an interest in technology on a fascinating journey through nearly 80 years of car manufacturing, robotics and machine learning research and provides a colourful vision for a potential future. In 312 pages (including 8 pages of references and a useful index) it covers major technological achievements and potential benefits but also risks and necessary technological and non-technological requirements. Many of the chapters are given a personal touch by including anecdotes and detailed accounts of visits to research labs and conferences. The authors also discuss differences between research in an academic context and within big global companies—and the problem of political rivalry.