I don't even like automatics. It's a control thing. The best of both worlds would be everyone on Stacey's list to have self-driven and let the rest of us enjoy the road! I know the people I know who ride motorcycles would literally cry if you told them they couldn't drive their own vehicle.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I don't think that people would HAVE to buy a self driven car. Just like the invention of the car didn't mean that people cannot continue to commute by bike if they so choose, those who would prefer to lag behind technology pretty much always retain that right. You can still have an 8 track player in your car if you install one. you can still listen to records at your home, still use an abacus etc. Having the option of better technology does not mean that they would instantly turn all human driven cars into scrap metal. They do come with manual override, also ~ in the article they state that the one time a fender bender happened the car was in human drive mode.
Okay, you haven't seen them.....but have you looked?
8 track players for sale - Google Search
record players for sale - Google Search
And lest you think that the technology stopped on these devices, go to a club some day~ DJ's use amazingly technological record players to play their music.
record players for DJ's - Google Search
Seeing as how this technology is only legal in two states currently and in early stages, I'm truly not worried about someone being "forced" to buy a robot car against their fervent wishes any time soon. The slippery slope or whatever argument just doesn't tear at my heart strings on this one. Its like being afraid of microwaves 50 years ago because you might have your oven taken away from you. Its just a strange fear, IMO.
I still doubt it. In 1950 there were only 30 million cars on the road vs almost 300 million today. I can't see that in 72 years it will be all that hard to find one of those 300 million.
Then again, if the technology is truly such that it, say, stops or drastically reduces car accidents, no one will be looking for them, in the same way that no one is looking for asbestos ceiling tiles today.
Either way, I doubt I will be driving at 107 (maybe a golf cart???) , so I will let my kids worry about it. If they want to collect antique human driven cars from the 2010's maybe I will put one of ours aside in mint condition for them