By Robert A. Vella
“Call me old, call me grumpy, but I don’t want no self-driving cars!”
Such sentiments are typical of elderly people who are stuck in their ways, resistant to change, and generally unhappy with themselves and the new world unfolding around them. It could also signal a warning for profit-driven society unable to keep up with technological advances evolving at a breakneck pace.
In the case of self-driving cars, both interpretations would seem to apply. Computerized automation is a fact of life in the modern world, and it is increasingly prevalent in transportation systems. From maritime shipping to airline travel and high-speed rail systems, moving people and products from place to place and around the globe would be far more difficult without it. Along with the efficiency provided by automation, safety is an added benefit. Today’s aircraft technology, for example, has made piloting, navigation, and threat avoidance…
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