I AM FINALLY living the life that futurists promise will bring me the happiness and balance I crave. The autonomous carhas freed me from the slog of commuting. Rather than driving, I am using my time productively, for I am always connected, always working.
Actually, I am squatting in my Subaru with a laptop, reclined against a nursing pillow, hoping no one calls the cops. And I’m not sure whether this experiment is a fantasy or a nightmare.
So many people tout the benefits of driverless cars—millions of lives saved, trillions of dollars made—that it’s easy to ignore the potential downsides. Although specific impacts remain to be seen, some believe the technology will compound the environmental, developmental, and societal shifts sparked by the post-war rise of the automobile and growth of suburbs.