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.