The last time I wrote about being driverless, it was in a spirit of whimsy… That spirit of whimsy still exists, and I do think about it, as I plan for my next road trip.
There are two kinds of driving, if I want to segment driving in the most simplistic manner.
One, is driving in Delhi, or whichever city you live in. But, let’s take Delhi-NCR for now. Driving in the Delhi-NCR is a pain. For the uninitiated, ‘NCR’ means National Capital Region. So, the Delhi National Capital Region is Delhi and the surrounding towns. I live in Gurgaon, and we share a seamless border with Delhi. In Gurgaon, the roads don’t exist, and only serve as training grounds for dirt track driving. In Delhi, the sheer volume of traffic just kills you, and even though the city has a pretty intensive and extensive road network, the infrastructure just can’t cope.
One day, the automotive market will collapse under it’s own weight. People will work either close to home, or from home as much as possible.
You won’t need a car, needless to say a driverless one. When you are stuck in Delhi traffic, honestly, you the driver sit motionless behind the wheel, and the car is rendered driverless.
Why pay Tesla or Google for a driverless car when the Delhi traffic does that for you?
The other form of driving, is driving on the highway.
Suddenly, you are away from the dust, pollution, crowds and all that crap. Suddenly, the sky seems clearer, the clouds whiter, and the grasses greener.
I know that this sounds romantic, but it is not. If you are like me, you suddenly feel connected with the world again, and the world starts to give life back to you.
With the wheels of your car turning gently on the roads, and your hand firmly on the steering wheel, your eyes are clearer, and your soul seems content.
You are suddenly in control again, and suddenly in harmony again.
Life is good.
Joy to the world, as sang the group ‘Three Dog Night’.
Who would give up that joy to Google or to Tesla?
But, maybe I will be part of a vanishing breed