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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Google's self-driving car got its license this week as the state of Nevada became the first in the nation to license the company's vehicles. And while a computer-driven car may seem unsettling, the technology represents a potential leap forward in auto safety. More than 30,000 people are killed each year in crashes despite huge advances in auto safety. The overwhelming majority of those crashes are caused by human-driver error. Computer driven cars could reduce traffic deaths by a very significant degree, said David Champion, head of auto testing at Consumer Reports, but only if all cars are computer-driven. "I think if all the cars were self-driving, it would be a benefit," he said.
Each year, cars seem to get more and more complicated. Cars today might have as many as 50 microprocessors on them. Although these microprocessors make it more difficult for you to work on your own car, some of them actually make your car easier to service. Some of the reasons for this increase in the number of microprocessors are:
So it's kind of interesting. You-- you didn't end up studying engineering in college. Is that right? That's true. I kinda wish I had but frankly now, it's, I have to say, that it would be too slow, the information that I need, I need it. There's so much out there that I don't have the time to-- to, you know, to slow down for a course structure.