What do you guys think of driverless cars? I think it’s great and I hope it happens sooner rather than later.
I’ve never understood why pretty much every new car is designed to go well over 100mph when it’s completely illegal to drive over 65 or 70mph in most states, not to mention the extreme safety risk posed to yourself and other drivers and/or pedestrians when driving at high rates of speed. The gov’t spends all this time and money trying to protect us from terrorists but the bottom line is that more people will be killed in high-speed car crashes this year than will probably EVER be killed in a terrorist attack.
And think about the money driverless cars will save. No more streetlights, less cops needed to patrol the highways, less emergency room costs, lower car insurance costs, people will be able to get shit done while they drive (thereby making the average commuting worker much, much more productive), cars won’t need to be repaired as often, etc., etc.
Most importantly, untold lives will be saved. Shit, drunk driving deaths will be virtually eliminated, as will pretty much all traffic-related deaths in general.
Sure, there will be people who resist purely because they like to drive, but a lot of people will embrace the change. For instance, I own a vacation house that my parents are always welcome to stay at. Except that they don’t go there more than a couple times a year because it’s about a five hour drive from their house if they hit significant traffic. So rather than deal with that long drive, they just don’t go that much. But if they didn’t have to actually drive they could just pass out in the car and wake up five hours later feeling nice and refreshed and at their final destination. I was driving in shitty traffic down in the Bay Area around Christmas time and it occurred to me that if I didn’t have to actually drive the car the traffic wouldn’t be bad at all. There are millions and millions of people who deal with that shit everyday who would LOVE the chance to avoid it entirely.
So what are your guys’ thoughts on the wave of the future? I linked a very, very interesting 6-part article about what Google is doing along these lines below.