Ever since I was kid, I’ve been anticipating the day that a mass-produced flying car would be parked in my garage. As we all know, that has yet to happen. For one reason or another, Hollywood has somehow changed the public’s mentality, and instead of flying cars, we’re getting fully autonomous – self-driving cars – cars.
Cars in movies like Tom Cruise’s Minority Report have made it seem a luxury to own autonomous cars. New fangled technology has provided us with smartphones with the ability to streamline our lives, and now, there are cars attempting to do the same thing. Some say it’s making our lives easier. I say it’s making us lazier.
California is now allowing and granting permits to build autonomous drive cars. Audi, Mercedes and Google jumped the gun and were issued the first permits to test out their own versions of self-driving vehicles. It’s all great and dandy for the Earth’s technological advancement, but I have my doubts.
I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t enjoy – or prefer – walking into my custom garage, getting in my car and just sitting down to go along for the drive. After all, if I wanted to do that, I’d hire someone to drive me around. I enjoy driving my cars, controlling them, and from time to time I like pushing my cars to their limits (safely, of course). Giving up the right to drive is undoubtedly unappealing to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the benefits of creating a working, everyday, self-driving car that helps with traffic and keeps us relatively safe on the road. In fact, I’m all for that, but I just feel that human intuition is safer than a programed machine.
And, if I’m going to have a good-looking custom garage, I’m not going to let some computer strip me of parking my car by myself. I can handle that.