I, for One, Welcome Our New Driverless Overlords

Driverless cars are now a thing! You aren’t likely to see one on your commute home tonight, but they are now out there. Testing is still underway, but it seems like we have finally cleared the last hurdle and they now have enough support that the technology is here to stay.

Some people love driving. Live for it even. I am not one of these people. I own a car because of the convenience and freedom it gives me. If someone told me that I could continue to enjoy those freedoms, while also never having to get behind the wheel again, I would say “YES!!!” in a split second. For me, driving has always been a source of anxiety and agitation. Yes, it can be nice to travel down a lovely country road on a sunny day, but that makes up about 1/100th of the driving experience. It’s mostly just stop and go, tedious, frustrating city and highway driving filled with equally bored and frustrated drivers anxious to get off the road and put up their feet at home.

Experts are predicting that we are only a few years from perfected self-driving cars, though the regulatory and logistic aspects will no doubt delay things for a bit more. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to finish a long day at work and spend the 30-45 minute trip home doing something fun and relaxing so that you can open your front door completely ready to put the day behind you?

Personally, I can’t wait. Machines don’t drive drunk or half-asleep, don’t play with their phones, and don’t have their kids distracting them. Human beings accomplish wonderful things, but we really don’t have a lot of good drivers out there. Time to let technology take over.

Google’s driverless car. By Flckr user jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson). Trimmed and retouched with PS9 by Mariordo [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons