Self-Driving Cars: The New Way Forward

104p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Twenty-First Century. Aug. 2018. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541500556.
Gr 6–9—A title right out of recent news feeds. Fallon begins with a thorough study of the automobile's technological invention and innovation and how it captivated and changed U.S. society. Following this in-depth history lesson is an examination of the inception of the self-driving car. The author clearly describes today's most current technology, including its positive and negative features, and recognizes how the self-driving car may fundamentally change our society. The science is explained in an understandable and simplistic style that will allow readers to come away with a working technological knowledge. The information is also even-handed so that readers can assess the most current news—accidents surrounding the test run of these vehicles—and the unanswered question: Will drivers embrace this innovation? Even those who are not tech enthusiasts will find something of interest to learn and contemplate. The text is accessible for a variety of reading levels and is further enhanced by engaging text features and graphics.
VERDICT A high-interest topic for large middle school libraries.

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