Video: A Chat About Driverless Vehicles and When Our Cars Will Become Obsolete


Joe Wiesenfelder of at the auto show.

Once again, some of the sleekest cars will be on display this year at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit. The elaborate display will also include driverless cars that aren't yet ready for primetime -- at least not on the public roads. 

As the reality of autonomous cars gets closer, there are plenty questions: How soon can we expect to be driving in an autonomous car? How affordable will they be? When will the cars we own become obsolete? Should we lease rather than buy, knowing our cars with steering wheels and pedals will be obsolete? How safe will these vehicles be?

Deadline Detroit met up on Monday with Joe Weisenfelder, executive editor of, to address those questions at annual the auto show, which is offering a preview for the media during the first part of the week. describes itself as an "online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership." It also boasts of having the industry's largest database of consumer reviews.

The auto show will be open to the public this Saturday and run until the following Sunday, Jan. 28. 

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