For the life of me, I can’t understand why normally rational car-lovers have started acting as if one of the main supporting pillars of their life’s enjoyment is being wantonly removed, just because our government has had the foresight and good sense to configure our laws to welcome driverless cars.
The usual argument against driverless cars strikes me as being so simple that it could really only be entertained by simpletons: opponents say driverless cars will remove both the satisfaction of car ownership, and the enjoyment of driving. This must be nonsense.
According to those who have already begun designing driverless cars, there are two broad types of driverless cars. First is the near-conventional vehicle that has most of the usual controls, but an electronic control system as well.
At certain times, on certain roads, it can proceed without help from the driver (avoiding collisions and speeding fines, and obeying every red light) but it comes under normal driver command on smaller, less trafficked roads.
The second type is a highly automated, pod-like vehicle – some years further away – that plays the part of a tiny, personalised bus. It has no driving controls at all, presenting itself at your front door and conveying you automatically wherever you want to go, without intervention.