My husband brought up the concept of autonomous cars, and for reasons I cannot explain, I became angry. The actual idea that the auto insurance companies could make it to where only those with a lot of money, will be able to afford the insurance required to drive a car. That one day, the majority of the cars, on the road, will not have drivers, but will be ran by an automated system, for some reason upsets me.
I do not own a car, but that is because we live in the city. When the time comes, and I have to leave the city, I will want to have my own car. I enjoy driving, and I do not want to have that taken from me, while I’m able to.
Now, can I see a benefit for having autonomous cars? Yes, when I stop and give it thought, people like my mom, who have no business driving at their age, would benefit from it. I just do not think that it needs to be main stream. I think we are already working towards losing so much ‘how to’ knowledge because we are becoming dependent on automated processes. For example, I once had the ability to remember the phone numbers of everyone I was close to. Now, I know mine and my husbands, the rest are on my phone.
Maybe I’m old-fashion, and set in my ways, I don’t know. I just know that I’m not happy that we keep finding ways to take personal involvement out of things, and just interface with automated processes.
The original discussion was on autonomous cars that you called on, like an Uber. When we talked about the kind used in Demolition Man, I can see being ok with these. This way, the driver has the option to drive or not. We are not losing out on a skill, and if we happen to have a few too many drinks, well let’s just say I can see lives saved.