Yes, you are all auto-driver Luddites, and I down-voted every last one of you. Not because of your Paris, Rome, Naples, Prague, Winnipeg, ravine, Mars, Pluto or Tatooine examples, because I tend to agree that those will be some of the last places that the driver-less cars will successfully navigate, but because you all refuse to admit that some day (and the sooner the better) they will succeed. And for refusing to acknowledge that they already can handle much of the every day driving chores we face today. I honestly believe that fully and universally autonomous cars would have prevented virtually every accident I have been in or witnessed over the last fifty years. They would have prevented speeders, tailgaters, drunks, cell gabbers and texters, lane hoppers and wanderers, daydreamers, boy-racers, red light and stop sign runners, non-yielders, and old fossils that can't even see over their steering wheels. And I suspect I know why you all hate these cars. It is because when all is said and done, we all love to drive, to feel the power of the vehicle in our hands, to be in control of such power, to feel the freedom of the open road, to negotiate the twists and turns of a medieval city or Arab market place, to thunder across the Australian outback in complete solitude, to explore back-country roads on a lazy afternoon, to take a driving vacation. Yup, I'm going to miss all that too, but every time I hear the sound of a crunched door panel or a busted tail light I literally get a sick feeling in my stomach. Was somebody hurt, did somebody die, isn't that a shame, what a beautiful vehicle, there go the insurance rates again.
Instead of fighting the inevitable savings and benefits of robo-cars, we need to find ways to preserve the things we love most about driving. That means finding ways to share the road with them, maybe even restricting certain by-ways to driver-only access, or limited times of day. Searching for edge cases to doom these machines will ultimately prove fruitless, so come on guys, embrace the future and let's find a way to make this work for everybody. Smart folks like you have no shortage of ideas, that's why I read and heed all the Reg commenters. There must be ways. Cheers.