An innovative design was done recently for an automotive system where driving is not required. At first I thought this a loony idea and then looked at the various restrictions on work, attention span and leisure that driving places on us. I twigged that we pay automotive companies vast sums of money for the privilege of acting as directional, velocity and proximity sensing control computers for cars. Here's a link to an article about what I hope is where the future of driving will lead: to not having to. http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2009/12/a-unique-solution-to-traffic-the-driverless-car/
How about a car you don't have to drive.
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I've been thinking about this recently too. We've already got cars that parallel park themselves, GPS units that tell us where to turn, rear sensors that tell us to stop moving if we're about to back into an object, etc.
It's not that large of a leap to add communication with traffic signals, censors to avoid other cars, etc. If everyone were in a computer-driven car, approaches to intersections could be timed such that stop signs and signals wouldn't even be necessary, other than to avoid pedestrians. It would increase fuel efficiency and make driving a whole lot safer. I'm sure at some point in the future, having a person drive a car will be considered primitive.