In the 1997 James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies,” Pierce Brosnan’s 007 summons his BMW with a command from his mobile phone—a mere trick of remote control. To top that feat some future Bond car will have to drive itself whenever its hero is, ahem, otherwise occupied.
The movie makers had better roll the idea out soon, before futuristic dreams turn quotidian. The upcoming Bond movie, to be called “Spectre,” will include a DB10 by Aston Martin, the quintessentially Bond-ish (and very British) car maker. And Aston Martin has just announced that it may incorporate self-driving technology in its showroom cars, via its technical partnership with Mercedes.