Nubo wrote:So far I simply can't figure out what's in this autonomous car Kool Aid. I used to hate my wife's Escort, and all IT did was try to choke me with its automatic seatbelts. Human desires are too strong, and real-world traffic is just too chaotic and the layers of technological dependencies taken as a whole are simply too tenuous, for automatic cars to ever become a predominant factor. At least until the entire infrastructure is redeveloped.
I do not want it, Sam-I-am!
I understand the reticence, but give it some time. Once you see the benefits, and once the insurance companies hike the rates of those who continue to operate their own vehicles, and once you see all your friends going this route, saving lots of money, getting work done on their commutes, etc., it'll be so compelling that most everyone will go that route.
We're still a good decade from getting them in numbers and probably 2-3 decades from having enough of them that a majority of people will make the switch. In the meantime, many of us who are used to driving and owning our own cars will have passed on, and many of the younger set will embrace it from the beginning like they did with computers. For them, it'll be a natural thing. They'll wonder why we geezers ever wanted to own a car, pay for a garage to house it, deal with washing it, getting it juiced up, taking it in for repairs, etc.
Personally, I'd dump my LEAF and keep my Zero motorcycle for the fun stuff. I won't miss the car at all.