> My prediction is that "driverless" cars will actually appear as a set of safety improvements.
A Google engineer gave a talk about this specific issue.
In their view, there was a very large gap between the capabilities of cars with driver assist technologies and autonomous vehicles and I have to agree with them.
Drivers become lazier and less attentive the more that the vehicle does for them to the extent that, although they are still technically in control, they are not really driving the car in an active sense.
I think that situation is particularly dangerous.
You can only go so far with assist technologies. Any further and they become counter productive.