I really hadn’t thought much about what a driverless future would be like. I’m a car guy. The (many) imperfections of the internal combustion engine with transmissions (kids born today won’t understand references to “shifting gears”) are like human personalities to me — complex, satisfying and often frustrating. Driving to me is something more than getting from a to b — well 5–10% of the time it is. The rest of time, I’d be happy to “just get there”.
On the other hand, there aren’t any good social, economic, safety or environmental arguments for continuing to drive ourselves (especially in petroleum powered individual cars). Cars are pretty inefficient when you get down to it (even Prius) and we’re pretty bad at driving.
After seeing a presentation at MIT recently from one of the visionaries of the driverless industry, my brain started spinning about what a future that wasn’t designed around the current car-design paradigm would look like.
My attempt to capture it is here (with some great questions/comments from others in the related stories): https://medium.com/@DonotInnovate/mind-blowing-driverless-future-fcc5197d509#.kfch11wpv
There is such potential for changing many assumptions about daily life, geopolitical stability, how we interact with other people, what we do for work, what matters to us politically and so on.