A society where most everyone uses autonomous cars is also a society where being able to drive a car is a lot like being able to ride a horse—a quaint, cute skill to have. It’s a society where we may no longer enjoy driving down highway one through Big Sur, or along an empty desert highway at night, because most people may not even own a car, and if they do, they certainly aren’t driving it themselves. They’re passengers, distracted by other things like iPhones or iPads or Kindles or whatever else they’re playing with, because taking a car is now just free time.
I for one can’t wait for this. I would love to be able to spend my 90 minutes per day commuting blogging or doing something else. And as for missing out on road trips, that past time is a dying breed already. And just like hiking, camping and even horseback riding, the people who want to do it still find ways to do it.