“And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.”
– Ayrton Senna
The New York Times reports that Google “has begun building a fleet of 100 experimental electric-powered vehicles that will dispense with all the standard controls found in modern automobiles.” The Times says this car will “take the driver completely out of the driving.”
Why would any red-blooded American want this?
What has happened to our sporting spirit? Our independent, work hard and get ahead American dream? What is this lazy abandonment to technology that is infiltrating our entrepreneurial attitude?
Driving is one of my favorite things to do. I am in control when I drive, and unless it’s in the D.C. metroplex, it is a relaxing and rewarding experience. It’s fun, and a kind of art form to guide the vehicle with grace, dexterity, and, of course, speed.
For some, driving is a mundane necessity of life. But these people are lame and should be exiled to public transportation.
The dawn of the self-driving car is right up there with the decline in literacy, the end of chivalry, and the expansion of liberalism. Americans make their own futures and fortunes, in life and on the highway. Letting some know-it-all robot control your life is weak and emasculating. It’s no better than letting a know-it-all government push you around and tell you what to do.
Not to mention the car is hideous.
Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events.