Autonomy

The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World

by Lawrence D. Burns, Christopher Shulgan

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  • 9780062661135
  • 9780062661142

An automotive and tech world insider investigates the quest to develop and perfect the driverless car—an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution. Soon, few of us will own our own automobiles and instead will get around in driverless electric vehicles that we summon with the touch of an app. We will be liberated from driving, prevent over 90% of car crashes, provide freedom of mobility to the elderly and disabled, and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. 

Autonomy is the story of the maverick engineers and computer nerds who are creating the revolution. Longtime advisor to the Google Self-Driving Car team and former GM research and development chief Lawrence D. Burns provides the perfectly-timed history of how we arrived at this point, in a character-driven and heavily reported account of the unlikely thinkers who accomplished what billion-dollar automakers never dared.

Beginning with the way 9/11 spurred the U.S. government to set a million-dollar prize for a series of off-road robot races in the Mojave Desert up to the early 2016 stampede to develop driverless technology, Autonomy is a page-turner that represents a chronicle of the past, diagnosis of the present, and prediction of the future—the ultimate guide to understanding the driverless car and navigating the revolution it sparks.


  • HarperCollins; August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780062661142
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Autonomy
  • Author: Lawrence D. Burns; Christopher Shulgan
  • Imprint: Ecco
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780062661135
  • 9780062661142

In The Press

“This is the story of one of those quests will change how we live. Burns was one of the first people to understand the massive implications of driverless cars. His  involvement with the players inventing and commercializing this technology makes this book an authoritative preview of the autonomous age.”

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780062661135
  • 9780062661142