No technological advance in the works will change how we travel more than self-driving cars. The safety benefits alone are enough to welcome our new computerized chauffeurs with open arms. Add in improved mobility for people who can’t currently drive and the possibility of reimagining cities—just think about what you can do with all that unnecessary parking space!—and they can’t get here soon enough.
Social changes of this magnitude naturally fan fears of the unknown and spark loyalty to a status quo that no one’s happy with anyway. For sure, there are some legitimate reasons to urge caution when it comes to fully autonomous cars: chief among them, whether they’re ready to mix with human-driven cars in very complex urban environments. But there’s an equally compelling case that it’s irresponsible to delay the technology until it’s flawless.