Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Driverless Cars

There has been a lot of talk about driverless cars.  I am not a fan, as I like to be in control of my own vehicle.  The idea of a computer guiding my vehicle to a destination that has been keyed into the dashboard makes me uneasy, to say the least.

That being said, I just noticed that my car (Jeep) just hit 55,555 miles on the odometer.  At first glance, that seems fairly normal for 2 years’ worth of driving.  Then I started to do the calculations.  At an average of 60 miles per hour (I do a lot of highway driving), I just spent about 926 hours in my car over the past 2 years or just over 38 days.  That is over a month of time spent behind a windshield and fairly unproductive time.  It is even worse for those with long computes and congested traffic.

If I had been in a driverless car, I could have been catching up on reading the newspaper, trade magazines, or answering emails.  So, although we may be losing some control with this new technology, we may be gaining an even more precious resource, time.