Color me astonished that ReadWrite manages to spend an entire article discussing ways to use the extra commute time self-driving cars will give you without once mentioning reading. This, from a site whose name is ReadWrite.
The article does spend a lot of time talking about just how much time the average commute takes—25.4 minutes each way. Altogether, that’s almost an hour a day—about a sixteenth of the time the average person spends awake. It could be put to more productive uses.
So why not put it to use for reading? Already, a number of people read e-books or newspapers on their phones or tablets on the way to work on the subway. A self-driving car would be an even better venue for that, because you know you won’t be disturbed by the person next to you asking you what you’re reading. A self-driving car and an e-book app on your phone would seem like a match made in heaven—indeed, some self-driving cars will even have big media-display monitors on the dashboard that you could use for reading e-books in extra-large print. (And we’ve already mentioned a self-driving car concept model with a built-in shelf for physical books.)
It remains to be seen, of course, how soon we’ll even have self-driving cars. But when we do, I have little doubt they will bring along plenty of extra time for catching up on reading.
I’d change that to “have a suicide wish, then read while being driven by a computer.” Self-driving cars are, as the CEO of Toyota recently noted, being hyped by tech reporters who have little understanding of the difficulties involved. Everything has to be carefully calibrated. Away from that, when say leaves blow across a road blocking that clear edge, and all goes kafluy.
And that’s not even going into flaws in the maps. WIthin a block of my house are two streets not on the major digital maps like Google or Apple’s. They’re private lanes the city did not build and doesn’t have in its database.
No if you’re on a trip, do what sensible people do, listen to an audiobook. Don’t trust a technology that only works in the fevered minds of journalists.
Also, those new-fangled horseless carriages will never replace having a good old reliable horse towing you around. They’ll never get anywhere—better to invest in tack and buggy whips! There will always be demand for those.
Many adults get nauseous reading in a car. Ditto for watching videos. Listening to books will work though.
True enough. In my experience, though, that’s s a lot more likely if you’re in the back seat, whereas self-driving car users will probably be in the front.