What are we doing talking about self driving cars? Or autonomous cars?
This morning we have The Colonel with us, lets see if he is willing to share his thoughts about self driving vehicles.
Q: Colonel Good Morning, how was your week end.
A: Great week end guys, yes...I feel good too.
Q: What do you think of the prospect of self driving vehicles?
A: What a loaded question, for urban areas its long overdue.
Q: Long overdue? Are you serious?
A: Have you driven in the GTA lately, or better yet who wants to drive in the GTA. Or any major metro area?
Q: But self driving cars, passively sitting in a vehicle?
A: I do not have much desire driving in constantly congested urban areas, perhaps you guys do.
Q: Have you reached a point that you do not enjoy driving?
A: I enjoy driving on my terms, in urban areas its on "someone else's" terms.
Q: We agree with you that the level and intensity of traffic is increasing on a daily basis, and its not much fun.
A: Precisely, let someone else do the slogging (driving) in traffic.
Q: You have a penchant for high performance cars, V8's, horsepower.
A: Yes I do, and have come to realise that its not very useful on a daily basis.
Q: It must be frustrating?
A: Way back in the day if you got stuck in traffic with a high performance car it was not much fun, and would usually foul up a set of spark plugs. Today its not the case, but its even more frustrating.
Q: The instant a stretch of highway opens up, folks have a tendency to "throttle up".
A: Exactly, they throttle up to alleviate a level of frustration, and its probably not the safest thing to do.
Q: You are a proponent of self driving vehicles.
A: Absolutely, especially on congested routes (most of them) it would make everyone's life much easier.
Q: This will not happen in the near future.
A: Probably not, but at some point it will happen.
Q: We never would have thought that you were a proponent of self driving cars.
A: See...I surprised you guys this morning.
Q: Must be the reason manufacturers are including a bunch of "driving aids" in vehicles.
A: They are certainly exploring the terrain, and possibilities.