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Why self-driving cars might not lead to a huge drop in fuel consumption

AUTOMATED CARS—ONCE A FAR-OFF DREAM—HAVE IN recent years left the realm of science fiction and leapt closer to the American garage. Leading U.S. automakers say that bona fide self-driving cars are coming within two decades and they’re fighting to stay competitive, from Ford’s $1 billion investment in an artificial-intelligence company earlier this year to Uber’s 2016 purchase of self-driving truck company Otto.

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