The New York images were not driven by legislation rather the transition was driven by capitalism and freedom of choice, the very things that have in some eyes caused the issues transportation is now facing.
Autonomous vehicles will need to solve the problem of being unhackable the very networked nature of them leave them open to abuse. Let alone the massive infrastructure needed to keep them working safely, millions of robots that could easily be viewed suspiciously over whether they safer than current cars. Sci-fi scenarios you may think but from a litigation point of view, miss selling of ppi never killed anyone!
The only sad thing is I could currently do with cheap autonomous transport as I can't drive, and public transport will take me 3 1/2 hours instead of 20 minutes to get to work!
Mark - driving
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