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Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Some sobering news about autonomous or self-driving cars.

After the recap of the state of the technology from Audi, Lexus and Google, the writer asks what the real hurdle to adoption of this will be.

It’s not the technology, as these manufacturers are showing that we’re already almost there.

Rather the problem will be the new rules associated with a world full of computer-driven vehicles.

How to legislate for what happens when technology goes awry is bound to push the ETA for these super-automobiles. And then of course there’s the cost.

Which is to say — be prepared to handle gridlock with your own hands and feet for well into the next decade.

Read more about the robot-driven car movement from DigitalTrends.com here.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manufacturers are really keen on making self-driving cars a reality!

When we’re driving, we want to DRIVE. But certainly it would be nice to let the computer take over during bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

We won’t get there for a while, but Toyota and Audi showed off the state of the technology at CES last week with some demos.

Nevada has already legalized autonomous vehicles for public roads, issuing Google the first license of its kind last year.

More companies undoubtedly will follow suit.

These computer-controlled vehicles use visual indicators, artificial intelligence software (which is what they’ll use to take over the world!), GPS and various sensors to navigate their way.

Check out more on the robot-driven cars from CNET here.

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 — nice and pricey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

We suppose some people wouldn’t mind spending a small fortune for a factory option, especially when they can afford an even greater fortune for the car itself, but $50,000 for brakes?

OK, it’s for the R35 Spec-V, but still, that’s a lot of loot.

By comparison the $6,300 for the Bang & Olufsen speakers on the Audi seem really cheap. Likewise for the $2,900 leather door sills on the Panamera.

You have to have that on the Porsche, don’t you?

But none of this, or the rest of the items on Jalopnik’s list approach the breathtaking cost for a carbon finish on a Bugatti Veyron: $300,000.

Eh, but then again, it’s only slightly over 10 percent of the vehicle’s MSRP.

We say nevermind these ridiculous factory options!

Get an aftermarket one that is absolutely essential. Give your car a few IQ points by adding SmartStart.

Seriously. And it won’t shrink your wallet either.

Aaaaaand, if you missed the link above, make sure to check out the full post on ridiculously expensive factory car options here.