Zowie! Are Google’s Driverless Cars Precipitous?

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Eric, Larry and Sergey in one of Google's Driverless Cars
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Eric, Larry and Sergey in one of Google’s Driverless Cars

I have always believed that growing up first takes place at a physical level to be followed by that at a mental and emotional level sooner or later. It is feeling which almost seems tangible at times. Milestones in the process of growing up solidify growth at a mental and emotional level. For instance, the thrill of owning a bicycle and take it out on a ride significantly marks growth (the liberating feeling is a substantial proof to it). The trill doubles when the bicycle turns into a motorcycle. And when the motorcycle gives way to a four-wheel ride, people say, “Oh! You’ve grown up”.

In a way, vehicles are significant markers of age (well, almost). If you drive well, you have been driving for long or you are a natural. If you drive badly, you are either a woman (generalisation and its flaws) or are still wet behind the ears. Driving is a skill we all try to master. So, a world without drivers would be a major setback for the humans, right?

Well, somebody needs to explain his out to Google who has come up with yet another version of self-driving cars. This time, you cannot even drive this car if the mood strikes. It is steeringless, pedalless and buttonless, all in all a lot of less which Google expects to do a lot for the society.

But, who would want to get into a tech phantom car? Somebody may (maybe that somebody would be from the Google promotional team). Google claims the driverless cars to be as safe as safe can be. It has loads of foam to boast of, is super light and duper slow (what?). These features would precisely do what?  Well, in case you get hit by one of these cars then you may walk out of it feeling like a superhero. Why is that?  The car would literally bounce back- danger diverted (according to Google).

Google is out on a mission to clean up the harried drivers out without a purpose on busy city roads. Google’s driverless cars would eliminate all the dangers of a city road and make the world a much better place (as claimed by Google). Due to lack of mechanism, human interference would be eliminated and the roads, thus, would be a much safer place.

But then, what would happen to the thrill of getting a driver’s licence for the first time? What would happen to exciting road trips? How would it feel to own the same car as your neighbour next door (and the neighbour’s neighbour, for that matter).

The only good thing about these driverless cars I can think of is the help it would impart to physically challenged personals. But for the rest, we love to be in control behind the wheels, don’t we?