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Detour: Reinventing the car by eliminating the driver

SILICON VALLEY — Ready to let go of your steering wheel and lose the brake pedal on your ride to work each day? A score of startups, tech giants and major automakers bet you will be, and a lot sooner than you think. Silicon Valley is ground zero in a race for the future of automobiles, with billions being spent and much more believed to be at stake for the winners. Those stakes have ratcheted up the rhetoric and one-upmanship to a fever pitch.
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