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The fact that you need the funds in a year make stock market investing problematic. Better to use a savings account to be sure the funds are available when you need them.

As to self driving cars, it depends on where you live. In the Midwest, we can rest assured they will take at least five years to get here after they have had successful runs in other areas. Experiments are going on in Pittsburgh, Arizona, and California. They seem to be having problems.

Some say self driving trucks are likely to be on the road first as long distance driving on interstates is more predictable, there's a shortage of drivers, and long distance is boring/hard to staff.

Give 'em 10 years. Probably longer than the service life of the vehicle you buy this time.
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