Wired's article about self-driving cars
has me completely psyched. I want one!
Actually, I want one for everybody! They go into the improved safety, but don't mention one thing I think could be a big benefit: the roads could become public again. Right now, bicyclists, walkers, runners, horseback riders, scooter riders, and so forth generally avoid roads out of the well-founded fear of being killed by a car. In effect, car drivers have taken the roads away from everyone else by making and carrying out death threats. But that danger will diminish once enough cars are robotic.
Maybe even more important: fear of traffic is one of the prime reasons parents rein in their kids from ranging free
So come, robotic overlords! Come, so we can play outside again!