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Elon Musk: Human-Driven Cars Might Someday Be Banned

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Elon Musk, a veritable Superman of Silicon Valley, says that there may come a time when cars driven by human beings are banned in favor of self-driven cars.

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“In the distant future, [legislators] may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous,” he said in an interview earlier this week at the 2015 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif.

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Rather uncharacteristically, the visionary founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX later softened the blow of his controversial statement by clarifying that he’s not trying to take people out of the driver’s seat.

While critical of artificial intelligence, Musk believes autonomous vehicles are the way of the future -- and he’s helping to pave the way. In October, he said Tesla’s latest electric Model S vehicle is equipped with “autopilot” hardware that will allow it to park itself in a garage, switch on the A/C before a trip and sense obstacles on the road.

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Catherine Clifford

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Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.