Learn how autonomous vehicles may impact society in this NOVA Next article. Although self-driving cars may sound like something from the future, technology and car companies have already logged millions of miles on working prototypes. With the rise of autonomous vehicles, researchers have predicted both utopian and dystopian scenarios for their impact on energy consumption and traffic congestion. However, the autonomous car industry still faces major challenges and self-driving cars won’t be taking over the roads any time soon. This resource is part of the NOVA Next Collection.