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    • Thank you for commenting - as a rider of motorcycles and bicycles, and a driver of 4 wheels vehicles with 2WD and 4WD - I can certainly understand the need for regulations for the safety of the public, and the operator's and passengers of said vehicles. I also think if I am paying close attention and driving, riding responsibly my risk to most of the public is pretty small. Not zero, but small.

      A side note, three of my local neighbors who were my age and childless, have recently have moved away, and three young families have moved in, so now I have to inspect VERY CAREFULLY each and every time I back out of my barn looking for tricycles or small electric toy cars with young passengers driving on the gravel lane we all share. So I do feel the responsibility for others safety, very acutely.

      I, too, want safety on the highway, but to place safety entirely above proper estimates for the "costs" of that safety is whacko.

      And "Safety" does exact some costs, as there is almost no way a live organism can be PERFECTLY SAFE at highway velocities - if we were to restrict all vehicles to 5 mph, there would be far less lethality to crashes, but also far less utility to vehicles.

      Where society places the fulcrum between utitlity and "safety" is the crux of the question is it not?

      I am in agreement that in city traffic, autonomous driving may offer great benefits to humanity, but I would really regret having to sacrifice riding/flying along country roads or mountain roads to gain that safety in the urban environment.

      Mountain roads are why GOD invented motorcycles, aren't they?

      I hope "The Last Motorcycle on Earth" continues to explore these conundrums.

      In the first episode, the "government" man wants to erase/crush all motorcycles, even old Hendersons, and Indians, and other marques, even those over 120 years old, destined for a museum display.

      Erasing history is another subject for polite discussion, maybe. I see the latest statues to fall were Presidents Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, last night.

    • The first episode of "The Last Motorcycle on Earth" was a bit disappointing but poses questions well worth considering. Hopefully subsequent episodes will provide some answers. If in some dystopian future motorcycles are indeed outlawed, the last one on earth just might be hidden in my garage.

      I found Matthew Crawford's "Shop Class as Soulcraft" to be an enjoyable, thoughtful book, and look forward to reading "Why We Drive." Thanks for pointing it out.

      While there are much better solutions for urban transportation than automobiles and motorcycles, experiencing the 'freedom of the open road' has a timeless appeal. Riding in an autonomous vehicle may well be safe and efficient but will it be "fun" or satisfying? When I flew for a living I was one of those pilots who enjoyed "hand flying" in the climb to, and descent from, cruising altitude; as well as in the approach and landing. Automation has it's place in the cockpit, but for me, "flying the computer" is far less satisfying than "flying the jet". These days piloting a motorcycle along a twisting mountain road brings that feeling of accomplishment. If internal combustion engines are someday banned I'll happily ride an electric bike, but if not allowed to steer I'll just stay on the porch.

    • I found both of Mathew Crawford's books to be delightful and rewarding. I really liked his question about why is the largest advertising firm on the planet ( Google) so highly interested in creating autonmous vehicles, really?

      LIke much of the discussion in "Shop Class as Soulcraft" - I suspect that pilots, like carpenters, electricians, and surgeons, all tend to be highly physical reality oriented. That results are not evaluated via opinion or surveys, but by successful outcomes.

    • Outcomes matter. It's been said that any landing you can walk away from is a "good" landing. Being able to use the airplane again is a preferred outcome however.