Our future is to be driverless cars which although a bit scary is incredibly exciting, the question is should they be driverless cars like cars were horseless carriages or should we be thinking bigger and more originally than that?
I see a transport revolution, many jobs will be lost, taxi drivers, lorry drivers, transport police so it will be painful but it will be a world where no one breaks transport law, no parking on double yellows, speeding or traffic light running. Less accidents so the ambulance, fire and police services will be able to concentrate on other things. No petrol stations no having to go to food shop, will we all become agoraphobic?
The kids can be taken to school and you can go to work. No one to drive so your work day can start the moment you get in the car, probably with a coffee machine instead of a driving wheel. No more parking problems, the car can drop you off then take itself off for other journeys or wait in an out of town park waiting for your call.
Thinking big though, should we be thinking this is the end of car ownership? Instead a subscription service, you pay your subscription and order a car for your daily commute, a computer can work out all the journeys of every commuter so you always get to work on time. You book a car like taxi. To go out to a rural pub, you can both drink, country pubs take note in 10 years you will enjoy the fruits of this revolution.
Still there needs to be thought into the downsides, I could send a car to take my mum to her frequent hospital appointments but our older generation is lonely as it is, me and my mum still enjoy seeing each other on these visits, the school run has been a useful time to prepare my kids for their day ahead and ‘download’ on their way home the events of the day. The job losses will be far reaching. The lack of individual expression in our cars could have negative side effects – who doesn’t smile at an old classic driving by or even a young driver with their blinged up banger? But there are huge positives that we can’t ignore, but I would hope it could be thought through in a creative, innovative way instead of an adaption of something we already have.