As a transport planner I can see many advantages of self-driving (autonomous) cars, but recognize that there are still many challenges, not the least of which are social and institutional.
For example, how will people and self-driving cars deal with speed limits? I think reducing vehicle speed is crucial for increasing safety and livability (less noise and pollution) in cities. Will self-driving cars drive below the speed limit? Although I think this would be fine, it might drive people crazy? Would they turn-off the self driving feature when they want to drive faster? How would that affect the rest of the system (other cars and infrastructure) designed for all vehicles travel under the speed limit? So, lots of interesting questions to think about how self-driving cars would work in practice.
Stories are a great way to explore complicated topics like self-driving cars and especially their possible social and institutional impacts. Here are some great fiction stories about autonomous cars:
Stet, Sarah Gailey, 2022 … Fireside Fiction: STET
Asleep at the Wheel, T. Coraghessan Boyle, February 2019, New Yorker … Asleep at the Wheel
Not Fiction, but good references …
More to come …