“You won't need a driver's license by 2040” The timeline for autonomous (self-driving) cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Companies have pushed through legislation that legalizes self- driving cars in Nevada and California is close behind. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently released predictions that autonomous cars will account for up to 75 percent of vehicles on the road by the year 2040. Why would we want self-driving cars? In Other News September 18 was National Cheeseburger Day. Ah the cheeseburger. It's as American as, well, American cheese. Various eating establishments (mostly in California) claim to have invented the cheeseburger. The Pasadena Sun did due diligence in investigating the burger’s background and while it heavily leans toward one over the other, it’s left undecided. The front runner for the American classic is “The Rite Spot” in Pasadena, California. Legend has it, one of the cooks there, Lionel Clark Stenberger, slapped a piece of cheese on his burger and the rest was history. The year was around 1924. The first eight months of 2012 were the hottest ever recorded in the continental United States and the summer period of June, July and August was the third hottest ever. Although the August average of 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit made it only the 16th hottest August on record, the hottest July ever combined with the hottest spring on record to keep January-August 2012 atop the record books. The nation as a whole is averaging 4 degrees Fahrenheit above average for the year.
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