As it turns out the automated cars are already better and safer than professional drivers. The convergence of a number of technologies will continue to make it less expensive for smaller upstart firms to compete against larger ones - be it cars, energy or anything else... unless regulators step in.

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/12/its-time-for-big-auto-to-learn-from-the-little-guy-and-actually-innovate/