Are we ready for self-driving cars? John Gallagher , Detroit Free Press Published 10:19 p.m. ET Jan. 7, 2017 http://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...ortation-mobility-autonomous-semcog/96159502/ In the push to put autonomous vehicles on the nation's roads, the most challenging aspect might be with the roads themselves, and the bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure. Cities and states have done little to grapple with the enormous demands that autonomous vehicles will place on transportation infrastructure and on civic policy. States and municipalities barely able to fill potholes today could soon be charged with creating the world’s most sophisticated roads with embedded sensors, cameras and communication devices to help autonomous vehicles talk to one another and the environment around them. “The vehicle development is way ahead of the public policy,” warns Jonathan Levine, a professor of urban planning and a transportation expert at the University of Michigan. Asked whether cities were doing enough to get ready, he said, “My short answer is no, we’re not doing what we need to be doing yet.” A year-old report from the National League of Cities found that only 6% of U.S. cities had devoted planning resources to figuring out changes needed to accommodate self-driving vehicles. And only 3% had studied the impact of on-demand transport services like Uber and Lyft, which function as alternatives to traditional taxi services. . . . What a bunch of worry warts. Self Driving Cars don't need good, well marked roads, or any infrastructure improvements. They can go anywhere, anytime, rain, sleet, or snow. They can figure out detours across parking lots and open fields with the simple wave of a police officer's hand. The best minds of Uber, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT have figured all that out. I know because one of the most brilliant minds in all of UberPeople, RamzFanz says so!