"You mean driver?" you ask.
"No. You were driving. That's the problem here. Everyone else is riding. You're putting them at risk."
So as Google (see image) and others keep developing self-driving cars with sensors all over the place, eliminating blind spots and distractions of texting and the urge to speed or beat the light, how long is it before driving is considered as irresponsible as texting and driving is today? When was the last time you could see a deer on the road 100 yards away in the dark like a car with infrared sensors can?
But I like driving, I hear you saying. Me too, sometimes. I mean, I'd LOVE to have my daily commute as a time for reading or writing. I'd sure get a lot more done! But sometimes, driving is just fun. But if a computer is vastly safer than a human driver, will we be allowed to drive on public roads?
Today, cars kill three times more people in the U.S. each year than guns do, and they're not supposedly protected by the Constitution the way guns are meant to be. Yet look how many people want to do away with guns, despite the fact that they can be used for recreation and hunting and defense against an all-intrusive government ... you know, if the government ever became intrusive. So if driving became optional, and it was knowingly dangerous like this, wouldn't it naturally be relegated to private roadways?
Suddenly you're getting a Groupon for half price on getting to drive a real car for one hour.
Self-driving cars are so established by 2045 in Darwood & Smitty, it's only a matter of union power that riders are still used to deliver packages. Which amounts to a good thing, because otherwise we wouldn't have had that whole adventure.
But in the meantime, what do you think -- how long until driving is illegal on public roads; how much extra time would you have each day if your car drove you around; and what would you do with that time?