Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Larry asks: Where is the push for self-driving cars coming from? I’ve never heard anyone say, “gee, I wish I had a self driving car so I didn’t have to drive it myself”. Who’s pushing this phenomenon?
My reply: You are absolutely right about the push; about it not being organic. The pressure is coming from the top down. From – on the one hand – the government, which loves the idea of more control over us (which is what automated cars are really all about) and – on the other hand – from the car industry. Which loves the profits it promises and also because the car industry is now – effectively – an arm of the government. It not only doesn’t fight government mandates – on behalf of buyers – it works overtime to develop new technologies and urge they be made mandatory (to increase profits).
Also their mindset has changed because the culture has changed.
Car companies used to be run by car guys. They are now – with a few exceptions – run by women or men who cater to women, neither of them car guys. They are – regardless of sex – metrosexual city types who could just as easily (and with just as little passion) sell toothpaste.
And that is what they are trying to do with cars – and to us.
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