If you've ever been a fan of science fiction over the last few decades, chances are you've had much the same questions as the rest of us; things like "will we get to live in space?", "what other life forms might be out in the universe?", and of course, "can radiation actually give me superpowers?" (no it can't, it will just make you sick, please do not try).
However, if you're anything like me, then the first and foremost question on your mind has been "when are we going to have robots that can do all of our chores and errands for us?" Seriously, it's been decades since The Jetsons first showed us a society where machines can basically do everything for us, and yet I'm still here typing this article out manually like a sucker.
Well, while we haven't had all of the technological advancements that shows promised us back in the day, GM has recently announced something that's conjuring up visions of Total Recall: they plan on introducing an entire robot taxi cab service by 2019.
The concept of a self-driving "robot car" is nothing new at this point. Google has offered the service in parts of California for some time now, and several other companies have begun their own research into self-driving cars guided by GPS satellites. However, GM is the first to announce something on this large of a scale.
According to The Verge, "GM says it will have a ride-sharing service featuring its line of self-driving Chevy Bolts ready to go by 2019. That would place the No. 1 US automaker ahead of its main rival Ford, which has said it plans to unveil its own self-driving car without pedals or a steering wheel by 2021."
The announcement was made during a call to the company's shareholders, and came as little surprise given the manufacturing giant recently allowed a large number of reporters and press to take a ride in the Bolts themselves. Clearly, the company thinks they're just about ready for the big time.
While the locations for the test run of the taxi service haven't been announced yet, it's very likely going to include San Francisco, since the Bolts are already active there, and New York City, where GM has said it plans to start testing in 2018.
Are you excited for GM's robot taxi service?