Originally Posted by W2R
As I get older, I think I would prefer a very much enhanced mass transit system to a driverless car. The latter is technically a great idea, and probably lots of fun for those developing it, but such a car could be hard for some older people to accept without any concern.
On the other hand, it would be really neat if small buses or vans went up and down each of the major streets here every five minutes, with benches everywhere for waiting. Honestly I would ditch my car right now if that was the case, especially if they were free for those over a certain age or if I could buy an annual pass for unlimited bus riding.
I envision a fleet of driverless Uber taxis, providing transportation for the masses. Not having to pay for a driver will make them far less expensive.
Also the ability to detect patterns in travel will make it much easier to to facilitate ride sharing, and offer even lower cost rides. So if Bill, Sue, and Joe all live within a mile of each other and all commute downtown between 7:30 and 7:45 they can offer big incentives to ride share. Bill may leave promptly at 4:30, and he can join a carpool of three others going home at that time. While Sue and Joe work until 6:00 and they can commute with Jill who visits her boyfriend out near where Sue and Joe live.
I am pretty optimistic than in the next 20-25 years, I'll have transportation options which allow me to give up my car but not my independence.