Self-driving cars have huge quality-of-life potential
Today, NPR had an article about the difficulties of telling an elderly relative that they need to give up driving. As hard as it is for the person breaking the news, it's a huge and sudden loss of independence for the person giving up their keys. The article discussed ways to ease the transition.
In the foreseeable future, self-driving cars could provide a new and welcome option. Even without the ability to manage highways and cross-country trips, a self-driving car could provide access to friends, shopping, doctor's appointments, and restaurants.
I am very hopeful that, long before I need it, self-driving cars will have become so mainstream that they are routine and affordable. I intend to drive as long as I can, but when I can't, I still want to be self-reliant.