I don’t know about other readers of evo, but the thought of being driven at any kind of speed in an autonomous vehicle sends shivers down my spine.
Whereas doing 0-60 in 2.7 seconds in a Nissan GT-R is
hilarious from the driver’s seat, switch over to the passenger seat and the sensation is altogether different. The same can be said of a car being driven ‘enthusiastically’ down a twisty country lane. For most of us this is our idea of fun – as long as we’re the one in control. But being driven down the same road by another human being has me reaching for an imaginary brake pedal in the passenger footwell, and I suspect being driven by an autonomous car would feel the same. Driving fast and being driven fast induce two completely different emotions.
Also, surely autonomous vehicles will be required to stick to the speed limits by law, otherwise who would the police send the speeding tickets to? Nissan HQ?
My GT-R will be staying put for the foreseeable future to provide me with the thrill of driving, but every day we draw closer to that inevitable year 2040 evo strapline: ‘The Fear of Being Driven’. Adam Freeman