Not sure what the best forum is, but thought I'd try here. I was initially a bit 'meh' on why anyone seemed excited about self-driving vehicles. I thought 'OK, so you can do stuff while being driven somewhere'. My view changed a bit when my mum was diagnosed with epilepsy and couldn't drive for a year and I realised what a game changer it could be for older and disabled people. Then, through work I read a lot about implications for how we build cities, creating more open space etc and got fairly excited. It seems like a positive thing to me, potentially, although more cautious discussions have mentioned it could just cause a new traffic problem of empty vehicles all over the place looking for their next passenger. I also wonder how easily people can be drawn away from having their own car. I personally wouldn't give a shit, to me a car is just a thing that gets you somewhere, but I do know that a lot of people find their own car an important part of their identity and might be very unwilling to get rid of it. Also, people are not at all logical... even if you were to tell people automated vehicles were, say, 90% safer than humans, many people would still go 'Ahhh, but there was this accident with one of them the other day, so they're not at all safe!' And then you have issues like fucking Trump who probably has mates in the car business who would rather keep the status quo. I do wonder whether developing countries, and China, could leapfrog everywhere else in automated vehicles because they'll be more 'Fuck yeah, let's do it'? And there's increasing demand for vehicles without a historic baseline of people owning them. Are AVs a good idea? What is the development path likely to be if they happen and what are the biggest barriers? I think it will be another generation really before they could gain mass appeal - on paper, it could, I imagine, happen in a few years' time, but I think people will probably obstruct that on the whole.