Technology companies such as Google, Uber and Amazon, and car manufacturers such as GM and Tesla, are all in on autonomy. They are closing old, traditional plants to tool up for self-driving cars. It may seem impossible, but drive the latest Tesla and use its “hands-free” features to see what’s possible even today.
It is not a stretch to imagine a gradual rollout of self-driving cars in the District, beginning with some kind of slow-speed bus or taxi. I am willing to wager a cab ride to the Washington Monument from Georgetown in a self-driving taxi five years from today, or I will walk the route instead.