The Speculation: Google has been working on a self-driving car for a couple of years now but it's not alone. Big automakers such as Ford, Cadillac and Volvo are developing their own autonomous vehicles. In the past two years, both Nevada and California have made the self-drivers street legal. Will we finally see someone selling them to the public in 2013? No.
Why it Won't Happen in 2013: Google's self-driving car technology is probably the closet to being ready, but the company is not an automaker and isn't likely to sell autos directly to the public. Even if one of the automakers felt it had a finished product, there are only a couple of states where drivers could use the car in its autonomous mode. With so much potential liability -- just imagine the lawsuit if one of these cars caused an accident -- we'll be reading about new testing and legal certifications for years before the first model hits a dealership.