The Gap

My wife’s car is finally showing its age. At 14 years and 216,000 miles, it’s starting to remind us that it needs replaced.

So we’ve been car shopping, which has called my attention to the gap between the self-driving cars the world is gearing up for, and what’s actually out on the market.

Some major brands just got their first adaptive cruise control this year. In other cases, in order to get ADAS features, you have to step all the way up to the highest trim level.

Want an Autopilot-like experience? There are a few options, but they’re all on cars that sell for $60,000-plus.

I’m excited for where self-driving cars are taking us, and how quickly we are getting there. But going car shopping illustrates how far this must seem to people who don’t work in the space very day.

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