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How would you feel about riding in a car that drives itself?
November 15th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

How would you feel about riding in a car that drives itself?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Imagine getting in your car in the morning and having it drive you to work while you answer e-mails, send text messages - or nap.

Fortune magazine reports on the so-called driverless revolution; and how self-driving cars could soon affect ordinary Americans and a wide range of industries.

Google's fleet of self-driving cars have already traveled 300,000 miles. There have been no accidents when the cars were controlled by a computer and only one fender bender with a human behind the wheel.

These customized cars use a combination of GPS, radar and a 3D mapping camera on the roof that can see traffic signals, lanes and pedestrians.

Cars that drive themselves are coming - it's just a question of when. Most of the big car makers are working on self-driving models.

And three states - California, Nevada and Florida - have already made self-driving vehicles legal - as long as a human is sitting in the driver's seat in case of an emergency.

Meanwhile these cars could boost worker productivity since the average commuter spends 250 hours a year behind the wheel. Or they could come in handy after you've had a few drinks.

Self-driving trucks could also transform the trucking industry. Just picture long lines of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling down the highway just a few inches apart: no drivers, no stops for gas or food. It could boost fuel efficiency by as much as 20%.

We'll need to keep driving ourselves for a while longer, though: experts say driverless cars should be more common in another 10 to 15 years when costs come down.

Here’s my question to you: How would you feel about riding in a car that drives itself?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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Is Hillary Clinton the answer?
November 15th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Is Hillary Clinton the answer?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Hillary Clinton for president buzz is loud - and getting louder.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett tells CNN that there's nobody better qualified than Clinton to become president in 2016.

"I like what she believes in. I think she's extraordinarily able and energetic... in pushing those beliefs,” he says.

And Buffett is just the latest to talk about a potential Clinton run in four years.

He joins President Bill Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Even Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove, have alluded to it.

Google "Hillary Clinton 2016" and you get more than five million hits.

For her part, Clinton insists the answer is "no."

She is finishing up her term as secretary of state and will leave as one of the most popular members of the Obama administration.

Clinton talks about how she's been in the political spotlight for 20 years and wants to have her own time back. Fair enough. She says wants to sleep and relax. OK, but what about after that?

While Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said she won't run again for president, this is the same woman who's said that politics is in her DNA.

She is a Clinton after all.

And with a resume that includes secretary of state, senator, and first lady, the Democratic nomination is likely hers for the taking if she wants it.

Vice President Joe Biden has kept the door open to a 2016 presidential run, although he recently acknowledged it might depend on the economy. It might also depend on Hillary.

Here’s my question to you: Is Hillary Clinton the answer?

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