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PHOTO BY YENDER FONSECA FROM PEXELS In recent years, autonomous vehicles have moved from a fanciful science fiction topic to actual reality, with real cars driving on real streets with real people inside. However, as per usual with technology, when concept meets reality, things never go as intended. In particular, this past year has seen multiple fatal incidents involving autonomous vehicles at a range of levels of autonomy, from Tesla’s AutoPilot, which is nominally a Level 3 autonomous vehicle (read…

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By Vivek Wadhwa  |  Source: wadhwa.com It is a warm autumn morning, and I am walking through downtown Mountain View, Calif., when I see it. A small vehicle that looks like a cross between a golf cart and a Jetson-esque, bubble-topped spaceship glides to a stop at an intersection. Someone is sitting in the passenger seat, but no one seems to be sitting in the driver seat. How odd, I think. And then I realize I am looking at a Google car. The technology giant is headquartered in Mountain View, and the…