@ jake (was:"Cars already decide when to change gear for you")
"Electricity will never kill off feeding horses"
Huh - deliberate misreading?
"Horses & other manually driven vehicles are here to stay"
No doubt - but neither will be used as a mode of transport. They will both be sport/hobby instead. Which is fine. I have no desire to stop people having their fun - but they can do so in an environment which doesn't threaten the lives of others...
There is some overlap for other forms of transport - Walking and cycling are used both for sport and transport, but they pose very limited external risk.
"He refused to listen to me when I pointed out the leaking fluid ... and then told the engine control system to stop complaining."
You know what - I don't think anyone can blame that on the gearbox. That's user failure.
I've driven a mix of manual and automatic, petrol and deisel cars for longer than I care to think about. If you ignore the warnings then anything will break. One big advantage of electric drive is that there are far fewer things to go wrong (potentially down to one moving part per wheel) - and I think that the electric motor will kill the gearbox.
"Shirley you are discussing fast-so-called-food rather than automobiles in the above sentence?"
Don't call me Shirley. And no - people (including myself) are by far and away the weakest link in the system. Even the current generation of autonomous vehicles are better than humans (including me).