Self-driving vehicles can now be used in most European cities. Over the past few years, technology has come a long way and safety levels have now been consistently better than human error for some time. Those who can afford one are the usually the cool, trendy and tech types who use it as an extension of the personal work/live space where one can work, sleep, read, eat, watch movies or TV, or just observe their surroundings. For the rest, there is always the rent options but even that has been great. There are no parked cars anywhere to be seen and there is littletraffic. Public spaces have become more open and you rarely see elderly, disabled or even women with prams struggle to make way on clogged pavements.
This suits Brian’s lifestyle a lot: “I am able to do work in my car, while commuting. When you factor in an hour commute each way, I get back ten hours of my life lost in the commute every week. I sit back with my laptop, while listening to Spotify. It’s great!”. Brian’s Waymo Centauri b is one of the few permitted self-driving car models on the market and has been one of the most widely adopted of these vehicles, so far. “Inter-city driving, however, is still a bitof “a nuisance when I have to drive outside Munchen.”
“It takes a while to get used to the wheel again”, Brian claims.There have been some provocative incidents over the past few years making headlines. A lady died in labour in one few months ago, as the car would not go over the speed limit to rush her into hospital as this would mean that it would break the law.Her husband did as much as possible under the guidance of doctors via cameras, but it was not enough. Many questioned why he didn’t take over the car, but he did not have a driving licence and the car sharing company would not allow him to for insurance reasons. He claimed that if cyber-criminals take over the vehicle to create havoc, the company, the police, the hospital could have done something to save his wife. The case is still in courts and often comes up in conversations. Some, especially taxi drivers, are quick to judgeharshly! Others point to this being a rare, tragic exception and one should not overlook all the benefits they have brought about by self-driving cars, especially since they become electric. Living in cities would be next to impossible without them nowadays.
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