As a driving enthusiast, people often ask me why I’m so enthusiastic about self-driving cars. The answer seems obvious to me.
The benefits autonomy will bring would appear to resolve a universe of problems seemingly intractable without it, but I think both sides are absolutely wrong in their binary vision of when and how autonomy will change society as we know it.
In that binary vision, each side ignores the fundamental truth underlying the other, and the mutually beneficial co-existence that will only be possible if the fundamentalists on both sides get out of the way.
I have no doubt that a Zero-day — when the last human will get into a car and choose to drive on a public road — is coming, but that day is so far off as to be irrelevant.