A future with self-driving cars?

The University of Michigan's "Team Michigan" won an inaugural worldwide robotics competition in Australia.

What are you looking for in your next vehicle - a manual, automatic or auto-pilot?

Autonomous, self-driving vehicles will be among the topics explored Monday during Robotics Day 2012 at the University of Michigan. The daylong event at the university's North Campus Research Complex will showcase what organizers call cutting-edge robotics research including unmanned four-wheeled "bots" and an

intelligent wheelchair that can detect and avoid obstacles.

Speakers include Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and university engineering professor Lawrence Burns. He's a former General Motors vice president for research and development.

Burns' talk is entitled "Reinventing the Automobile," and he will discuss developing cars that save energy, space and even lives.

Toyota and Ford also are expected to have autonomous concept vehicles on display.