Do you remember the time when self-driving cars were upon us? Read more: 'Self-driving' cars are still a long way off. Public opinion backlashFor years, scientists investigating the human factors of autonomous driving have warned about the gaping flaws in the ongoing autonomous driving effort. Read more: Perfecting self-driving cars – can it be done? As for self-driving cars, the next time an autonomous vehicle executive tells me to get ready, I will make sure not to hold my breath waiting.