The Fascination With Self-Driving Cars Started Nearly 100 Years Ago

Last week, I spent a few days driving the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class . Its semi-autonomous capabilities led to some discomfort—not due to their functioning, but due to the fact that I was behind the wheel of a car driving itself. It felt odd and futuristic, but, as it turns out, this movement started way back in the 1920s.