Drivers vs. Passengers: Google’s Driverless Car

Google unveiled a prototype of their driverless car – and the Internet goes all crazy about a simple, obvious fact: that the car doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals.

Why would it need any of the two?

If you are committed to your idea, you’d follow it with as much rigor as possible. If the idea was a self-steering, self-driving car then why design it with a steering wheel? Or pedals? It would be compromising the very core idea.

Steering wheels and pedals are needed by drivers. That’s why cars have them. Cars were made for drivers. Driverless cars, however, aren’t made for drivers. They are made for passengers.

One concept is active, one is passive.

I’m not saying one is better than the other. I’m saying one is different from the other.



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