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Just the other day while driving and listening to the radio, I heard that Perth has been chosen as city to trial self driven cars in a couple of years time. What an interesting idea! To think that things that seemed totally sci-fi are actually happening and right here in one of the remotest city’s in the world. I think it’s really exciting and I’m all for it. Just think of the possibilities:

No more designated driver on a night out

You could go out for dinner, have a few glasses of wine without having to count every sip and not having to worry about getting home safely.

No more backseat drivers

That’s right. Just imagine, no more being asked, “why you going this way?” or stating “maintain your lane” or “you’re driving too fast” or “you’re driving too slow.”

No more having to plan your shopping around nap and feeding times

What a pleasure for Mums. They could sit back and feed their bub or soothe them while they nod off, rather than having to try and drive while singing a lullaby to their desperate, out of reach, starving screamer, strapped into the child seat in the back.

Not to mention no more sibling squabbles

When my girls where little I can remember trying to steer the car with one hand while trying to separate them with the other and talking loudly at the windscreen trying to convince them to keep to their side of the car and stop tormenting each other. This would happen no more with a self driven car. That’s because I would be sitting right between them, reading them a story or supervising homework!

No more annoying and unexpected fines.

I’d much rather spend that money on luxury treats!

No more wasted time in traffic jams

Just think about how you could use time productively while stuck in traffic. You could meet that deadline, check Facebook, pay bills, book a holiday, make an appointment with the dentist, order your shopping online, call your Mum or read your favourite book. You might just want to have a nap yourself.

Much safer roads and less accidents

How good would it be to have safer roads and save lives?

Self Driven “Winnebago”

Now this one I’m adding to the bucket list for sure! No idea when it will be available – if ever – but here’s hoping. Can you imagine how cool it would be to go on a road trip without having to worry about getting tired, being able to have a nap, nibble on some cheese and quaff some wine or watch a DVD? Imagine if you could get the car to drop you off while you go for a hike or ride your bike and direct the car to pick you up at a designated spot? Now that would be an awesome way to do a trip around Australia.

What do you think about self-driven cars in the near future? Am I missing something?