I love science and technology and we are living in a golden age right now. The world has changed in so many incredible ways just in the time I've been alive.
My first car was a Vauxhall Viva. It was brilliant because it was my first car and represented freedom. But of course it was basic.The clutch broke one day on the way to work so I left it at the side of the road, went and bought parts at lunch time, fixed it after work and drove it home. I doubt I could even hope to do that now. Heck, it's a challenge to even change a bulb (for cars that still have them).
For the last few years cars have been acquiring more and more driver aids. First there was ABS and traction control but now cars can warn you if something is in the next lane, if you are leaving your lane and not only drive with stop-start traffic thanks to adaptive cruise control but also emergency stop for you to prevent an accident.
Self driving cars is of course the next natural progression and on the one hand, I think it will be awesome. A computer should be able to driver better than many of the numpties we have to share the road with ... or will they take advantage of auto-raking cars to cut in front of people and drive even more recklessly.
Then there is the reality check. GM is guilty of covering up cars where they couldn't even keep the ignition key in and the basic safety features turned on. We also have airbags that blow your head off even if you don't crash.
So, do you trust the technology? Could you sit in a vehicle and let it drive you round, possibly bumper to bumper in a train with other vehicles? We already trust our lives when we drive - is it that much of a stretch to trust things a bit more?
I think I trust science and technology to a certain point but I'm not sure I trust car manufacturers and dealerships that much.
Our kids are learning to drive. I wonder how many more generations will do the same?