While Google has begun testing driverless cars in Austin, the University of Texas Center for Transportation Research has begun planning for the day when driverless vehicles are the norm, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  Center Research Director Dr. Chandra Baht says driverless vehicles is a way to use technology to solve our congestion problem.

  "Driverless and connected vehicles have the congestion to reduce traffic congestion by increasing capacity," he said.  "Imaging dozens of vehicles going at 70 to 75 miles an hour as a platoon, driving only a few feet apart."

  And Baht says the more cars on the road are autonomous, the safer the roads will be.

  "About 90% of accidents, or even high than that, are caused by human judgement errors," he said.  "If you take out the human from that equation, the safety could increase substantially."

  In fact, there is talk that once autonomous vehicles are perfected, it will actually be illegal for humans to drive cars, because vehicles which are driverless and can talk to one another will be far safer than the highways we have today.