Utter boredom of life in an automated metal box

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Sir, Regarding your editorial “California is dreaming about driverless cars” (December 19): luckily, because of my extreme old age, I will not be around in 2030 to have the horror of “speeding along California’s Highway 1, relaxing in the front seat, flicking through my emails on my mobile phone, sipping a glass of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, half dozing off to sleep”. The utter boredom of it. Is it really thought that mankind is so indolent that it wants nothing better to do in life than to sit around in an automated metal box, for hours on end, just letting the world pass by? I just don’t believe it.

Apart from anything else, there will always be the feeling that something just might go wrong and there is no means by which one can prevent it; and there goes one’s life. Driverless cars, except maybe in cities, are just an illusion, certainly on Highway 1 in California.

Jeremy Fordham

Odsey, Cambs, UK

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