As excited as we are for driverless cars, they aren’t going to be as awesome as we want them to be. Sure, they will drastically reduce fatalities, which is great, but the government isn’t going to allow you to get drunk and let your car take you home.
No, it’ll still be illegal to be behind the wheel while intoxicated, and you’re going to have to pay just as much attention as if you were driving. It’s your responsibility to take over if something goes wrong. So no cell phones, no gaming on your iPad, no eating a burger with two hands at 75 mph.
That said, since we are all humans, we are going to ignore the shit out of these rules.
One very real concern experts have is that once these cars become mainstream, just about everyone is gonna spend their time in the car screwing.
From The Toronto Sun:
And at least one expert is anticipating that, as the so-called ‘smart’ cars get smarter, there will eventually be an increase in an unusual form of distracted driving: hanky-panky behind the wheel.
“I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars,” said Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence.
“That’s one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, ‘Take over.'”
Gonna be hard to snatch the wheel in an emergency when your hands are already in the snatch of your passenger.
I don’t know if sex behind the wheel is something actively banned by the government right now, but give it a matter of time and I bet it will be.
Not that that’ll stop us.