Official Review: Have You Seen a Self-Driving Car?

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Official Review: Have You Seen a Self-Driving Car?

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[Following is an official review of "Have You Seen a Self-Driving Car?" by Anna Prakash-Ashton PH.D. & Elaina Ashton.]
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I have never seen a self-driving car, but now I know how one works! Have You Seen a Self-Driving Car? is a children’s book targeting ages five though twelve. The mother-daughter author team of Anna Prakash-Ashton and Elaina Ashton expertly explain the functionality and fun of autonomous robotic vehicles.

Both authors have received awards in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advocacy and outreach. Their passion and expertise translate to inquisitive energy on every page. Impressively, Ms. Ashton was a high school senior when this book was published.

The illustrations feature happy cars with a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) unit on top and oversized interiors to show people relaxing as they ride. The book’s thoughtful design begins by taking the reader through nine questions about self-driving cars. The topics range from how these vehicles benefit senior citizens and people with disabilities to how they navigate school crossings safely. Each question is addressed with a colorful, full-page illustration. A short answer is provided at the top of the page, and a paragraph with a more detailed explanation is given at the bottom. After the question-and-answer section, the book covers a few key technologies such as ultrasonic sensors and GPS (Global Positioning System), each with their own brilliant illustration and easy-to-understand definition. A learning assessment and glossary conclude this 28-page book.

The complexity of the technology required to operate a car safely is amazing. The scenarios illustrate how easily distractions like texting, inclement weather, and physical impairment can cause accidents. I learned an important tip: Do NOT ignore the warning lights on these cars! They are not highlighting issues that can wait a few days.

What I like most about this book is it informs and inspires. I commend the authors for not diluting the content. These pages can encourage children interested in technology to pursue a career that will make self-driving cars a fully functioning capability in their lifetime. Adults will also marvel at how the progression of technology over the years such as anti-lock brakes and park assist have led to this point in the evolution of driving. I rate Have You Seen a Self-Driving Car? 4 out of 4 stars. There was nothing I disliked in this book. The illustrations were colorful and engaging, and it was edited well. I found only a few minor errors. I recommend this delightful read to technology lovers of all ages.

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Post by Priyanka2304 »

That sounds like an engaging educational book for kids with an amazing theme. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Ms_Rita30 »

Self-driving cars? Sure sounds like an interesting read. Even as an adult my interest has been piqued. Great job!

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Post by Lizziemarcel »

What an inspiring comic book. I'm sure kids will fall in love with the story, the title alone is Captivating. Great review.

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Post by Elvis Best »

I love children books, and this one sounds particularly interesting to me. Moreover, I have never seen a self-driving car, too. Thanks for the lovely review. Good job!
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Post by Magnify3 »

I really like the cover. I didn't expect it to be so engaging and technological. I would have to read it a too. Thanks for this review!

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Post by Kirsi_78 »

I don't understand much about tehnics but I am sure my little boy would definitely love this book! He's been a real car fan all his life... And I must say the cover is adorable and inviting.

Thanks for your nice review!

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Post by geebeex »

this sounds so interesting! I love the idea of getting kids involved in STEM subjects early on. I really enjoyed your review, thank you!

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Post by Teele »

A concise summary indeed. I might give this book a look someday.

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Post by AnnOgochukwu »

Wow. I'm still not sure about a self-driving car. Nice work though by the authors. And this review is really explanatory and informative.

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Post by Deprise Evans »

Sounds like a fun, engaging and educational read perfect for kids in this day and age. Great review!

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Post by Honest-reviewer »

The book seems interesting and educative for children. I might like this as well. Thanks for your wonderful review.

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Post by SenSen »

I like how a mother and her daughter came up with the idea to write a children's book about such an interesting topic that is both captivating and educational. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Wy_Bertram »

I don't believe I've ever encountered such seemingly complex science aimed at children before. Commendable work by the authors, and a fantastic review.

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Post by Ellylion »

Wow! This one seems to be really educational for young kids :) And I loved the cover. Thank you for a great review!

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