A driver’s defense of self-driving cars

-MARKETPLACE.ORG, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

People love to drive. 

We’ve been driving for pleasure in America since the late 1800s; sightseeing was cited as one of the many reasons the government should fund the federal Interstate System when it was first proposed in the late 1930s. 

And even though self-driving cars are on the increasingly near horizon, people who love to drive are probably going to resist the idea. Plenty of people are already wary of the idea of turning control over to a car. University of Michigan researchers conducted a survey last year and found that most people (in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia) had either a positive or neutral impression of self-driving technology, but that most were “moderately concerned” about driving or riding in cars that can mostly drive themselves — they would still have steering wheels and pedals, for example, and drivers could take over at any time. <Read More>