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The Future of Autonomous Vehicles Is Shared

A dispatch from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, where robo-cars were on full display—and predictions about how we’ll use them were flying.
Show attendees sit in the Chrysler Portal self-driving concept car at CES International Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Show attendees sit in the Chrysler Portal self-driving concept car at CES International Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Las Vegas.Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, General Motors dazzled tens of millions of attendees with a 36,000-square-foot scale model of the future, in which a vast network of superhighways stitched together downtowns and suburbs. I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE, declared the souvenir buttons visitors wore home.

Thirty-six hours chasing self-driving cars through the sprawling exhibition halls and demo lots of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show made me feel the same way.