How autonomous cars could reshape the world

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In Knight Rider, the American TV hit of the 1980s, crime fighter Michael Knight was the main man. He wasn't the star of the show though. That honour went to an inanimate object, KITT  a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent, black supercar with high-tech dashboards, X-ray surveillance systems, and a sexy red strip light that flashed back and forth across its grill.

Despite his dashing good looks, actor David Hasselhoff didn't stand a chance as KITT invariably drove itself to the rescue whenever his character Knight got into trouble.

Less than four decades on and it seems that some of the concepts dreamed...

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