Technology has evolved at break-neck speed over the last decade; consistent innovation that is seemingly out of control! We can now go for a run and come back with comprehensive data about our performance (slow if we are talking about me!). We can now carry a thousand books in our back pocket with a Kindle. Our 100 stack CD towers from the 90s are now redundant, we can store these all on our phones now. Are we now at a point though where we are chipping away at being fully functioning humans?
If a Human Being was an App, it would have a LOT of features in it. We can walk, talk, multi-task, think, read, feel. Are we starting to erode these features with technology? To submit to driverless cars is to finally put our lives in the hands of robots, but at what point does this stop?
Sure, we already have driverless trains in some parts of the world, which works fine. A train is merely a horizontal elevator, but on a grander scale. It's not so much a robot as it is a mechanism, but there are so many variables with cars. There are no set routes/tracks. There anomalies in roads. There are other vehicles, and with them, unpredictability. There are other road users, such as cyclists, and there are pedestrians, the latter two of which can be the most volatile i behaviour of them all (speaking as a regular cyclist and pedestrian).
So no, I am not excited about driverless cars, but I am excited about the technology that surrounds them. I like to drive my own car, I like to remain in control. Technology is welcome to garnish my life with improvements and luxuries, but it need not take it over completely.
Admittedly, I am not technical enough to know the intricacies of Driverless technology, and am speaking merely as an observer, what are your thoughts on this potential evolution in transport?