September 15, 2014

Self-driving Cars: Bringing Liberty!

We've some skeptics (I like to call them "deniers") around here to the proposition that self-driving cars will add liberty to our lives. I imagine my ThreeSources siblings probably fought the washing machine, ATM, and all medicine that did not involve leeches...

But let's not rehash that argument. I saw an interesting and pro-liberty application: expanding educational choice.

With commutes shorter and more productive, the distance that parents will consider logistically feasible will significantly increase. That could exponentially expand the number of educational options that parents consider within driving distance. Using Private School Review's search feature, I found 12 private schools within three miles of my Arizona home, 34 schools within five miles, 69 schools within ten miles, 234 schools within 25 miles, and 304 schools within 50 miles. Now that's choice!

Technology Posted by John Kranz at September 15, 2014 1:17 PM

Please do not tell my nine-year-old that the automatic car is going to take her to school without Mom or Dad. Guaranteed she will find a way to re-program it (Captain Kirk style) to take her to the mall.

Posted by: dagny at September 15, 2014 1:39 PM

That hacking skill will serve her better than anything she'll miss at school. <wink />

Posted by: jk at September 15, 2014 1:51 PM

LOL! That would indeed be an innovation.

I know you jest but to clarify: I'm for self-driving cars, just not the Google variety, which conspicuously lack manual override controls. I want the people version, not the sheeple model.

Posted by: johngalt at September 15, 2014 3:44 PM | What do you think? [3]