Most of you know that I own a Tesla Model S and have a Model X on the way. One of the most recent innovations from Tesla has been “autopilot”, which lets the car drive itself in freeway conditions. Personally, I like driving, and I think the idea of sitting in the driver’s seat with my hands hovering above the wheel while the car “assists” me is absolutely ridiculous.
To be clear, I think self-driving cars are going to be one of the most profound changes of this century. However, these very early attempts at “assisted” driving, particularly when one is required by law and the manufacturer to be “driving” regardless, tells me there simply is no point to this at all (or the substantial added expense of buying the autopilot package). And, if nothing else, I’d personally prefer being spared the car terrifying me like this: