Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
Although I think you're right about industrial uses of self-driving vehicles, I have to disagree that there will be a limit on its usefulness. There are still major problems with the technology, it still needs to get better, still needs to be tweaked and used over millions of miles of roads.
That means it's going to be a slow transition. Yes, for now people should pay attention, but there's very little point in driverless technology if we also have to have a human watching over it. It will be possible in the future to make a driverless car that is more aware than human counterparts and can react faster too.
At that point why would we not move towards removing humans from the equation in driving? Insurance costs come down, fuel efficiency improves, the roads become less dangerous for pedestrians.
As sad as it will be that people may well die on the road while the technology is improved, I believe it will be worth it in the long run.