I ditched my car and my motorbike; i'm riding a bike ... you can count me as an early adopter! Riding a bike, is REAL freedom.
As for electronics and bikes, for your information, Samsung has struck a deal with Trek to enhance the "riding experience". So, all won't be lost for electronic manufacturers when energy will dry up like water in the desert.
What percentage of cars have cruise control these days? People use cruise control. An autonomous vehicle is like cruise control for sitting in traffic. If the car is driven from a heads up display computer type deal and you have to switch on the autonomous drive feature to be able to use the computer for surfing the web or texting your friends, people will use the autonomous drive. Or how about a breathilizer that turns on the autonomous drive when you're coming home from the bar.
And in viewing it, imagine a vehicle with sensors all around, not to mention V2V comms at work, either automatically determining the best path to take, or at least nudging the driver in that direction.
My third point might be that it probably won't be a question of whether people are willing to pay extra for some of these new features. They will become mandatory. I'm sure that if you asked people, back in the 1960s and 1970s, whether they would pay extra for seat belts, airbags, and catalytic converters, they'd predominantly say no.
I think we're far from truly autonomous vehicles, but I can see that some heavily congested roads, in the future, could mandate autonomous driving. Simply because, if we want to avoid having to build more roads, autonomous driving can make a lot more effective use of roads that are properly equipped.
We've given up a whole host of tasks to automation, over the decades. And just about all of them are accomplished far better this way. Like, elevators (lifts), traffic cops, telephone switches, HVAC systems, the majority of car controls, the majority of aircraft controls, and on and on.
Some luddites complain that when we give up manual tasks, we lose the ability to do them. Okay. So, just how many of us care that there aren't any experts at manually setting the fuel/air ratio and spark advance in their cars? On the contrary, we don't want people doing that job, because they would pollute the air and waste lots of fuel.
That's the way these things evolve. Same will probably be said for manual, unassisted driving. See that video above.
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