Here's a photo of my friend @Scobleizer driving his Tesla Model 3 hands free in the so called suicide lane over the Golden Gate Bridge. I took it while hanging out the back of an SUV driving in front of him (my wife was driving). Over the past 20 years I have shot thousands of photographs from the road while driving as I've been chronicling America. I'm actually very careful when I'm doing photography while driving, but it definitely makes some people nervous who are riding with me while I drive (just ask @DanielKrieger ). Eventually most people realize I'm pretty careful about it and relax with it a bit after a few hours. I'm 50 now and never have been in an accident in my life despite the thousands of miles driven and thousands of photographs taken.
The car I'm driving right now is pretty old. It's a 2000 Ford Expedition. I don't really like buying cars because I view them as depreciating assets and so I generally hold off as long as possible. With four teenagers in the house (two with drivers licences, one with a learners permit and one on the way) also, an almost 20 year car makes a good car to share with them. I assume one of them will probably crash it at some point and I'll have to deal with that.
Another reason why I haven't bought a new car is because I'm waiting to see how all this self driving technology shakes out. I figure in four years all the teens will be off to college and we should have more visibility about what is happening/possible by then. I think I'll probably buy a new car then.
Maybe it will be a Tesla like Robert drives. He seems to love his Tesla.
I'm not so sure how I feel about Tesla myself. I like the design and love that it seems the most self drivable car available right now, but I have mixed feelings about it being electric. With a gas car I like that I can pretty much gas up anywhere and be in and out of a gas station in maybe 5-10 minutes. With the electric charging stations it seems like you have to wait longer and plan more carefully as there are a lot less of them. Maybe this won't be the case in 4 years though. Electric cars do seem cheaper to drive though.
Ideally I'd love a car that integrated with Google Maps. Next week I'm driving from St. Louis to Fargo, North Dakota. I haven't shot Minnesota yet and am looking forward to that. I'd love to be able to just have my car integrate with my Google Map I've made with each state along the way and figure out the best route to hit all of the pins of the things that I want to shoot. I could just hang out the window (or better just put the top down on a convertible) shooting the entire time while the fully autonomous car drove and then when it got to my locations it could just park and I could get out and shoot what I want to shoot and get back in and have it whisk me off to the next location, after checking Waze and figuring out the best route to get there. I would love to also be able to talk to the car and tell it to slow down if it's driving me through a particularly photogenic area, so I could shoot more shots. Maybe a car that does that is four years in the future? Maybe not too.
Is anyone else excited by all of this self driving technology? Any thoughts on where things are headed and what/who (besides Tesla) to pay attention to? Is waiting four years the right move?