Whilst we go through the various evolutions of getting cars both safer and smarter, I truly believe taking the driver out of the equation will be one of the most profound revolutions of our time.
It was so interesting to see the pictures here between 1900 and 1913 and the differences in just a decade.
The difference to millions of jobs and what we can do instead will be staggering. The impact to many industries including insurance are material. Cars that now last for a minimum of 500,000 miles... and don't sit idle for 90%+ of their time.
We will never get rid of manually driven cars, purely for those that enjoy the sheer joy - but I do see humans banned from some places and most others opting for self driving, due to cost, safety and convenience.
The logical next step will be for human beings to be banned from driving cars at all because they pose such a risk to other road users. Take a moment to think about the wide-reaching effects this revolution will have, aside from just changing how we get around. There will be downsides: millions of car industry workers and taxi drivers will be looking for new jobs, for a start. But think of the hundreds of billions of dollars consumers will save, and which can now be spent elsewhere in the economy. Meanwhile, the numbers of cars will plummet. RethinkX estimates that the number of vehicles on US roads will fall from nearly 250 million to just 45 million over a 10-year period. That will free up huge amounts of space in our towns and cities.