I’ve made it no secret I loathe the very idea of self-driving cars. The techie nerds can wax poetic about how mapping and apps and laser-guided whatever will ensure our streets will be safer, cleaner, less congested places where human error is no longer a factor in the 40,000 car-caused fatalities in the US each year.
Sorry, but I don’t buy it. This is another Titanic – smaller, sinking slower, but sinking everywhere all at once. We don’t need Green Cars or Smart Cars. We need better transit, we need more bikes. We need to start fucking walking.
I’ve read so many goddamn CityLab and NextCity and HuffPoGreen articles about how self-driving cars will rescue us from the consumer dystopian future we’re so sure will come to pass I could puke. Apparently, somebody out there has had a similar reaction.
Published all in one afternoon, the fine folks (or folk?) behind the Queen Anne Greenways Twitter account mercilessly mocked the zeitgeist hype of driverless cars, hilariously imagining all the ways these computer-controlled autos could – and likely will – actually fail.