I believe this is politics... With the coming of self-driving cars I have a question: 1a) Will Americans buy a car that can not exceed the speed limit? 1b)Will car manufacturers open themselves up to lawsuits by offering cars that can exceed the speed limits? This looks to me like a head-butting disaster.
I think self-drive completely changes the attitude towards speeding.
'I don't want to be restricted! It's a challenge to me - my authority, my independance, I'M THE DRIVER!'
But if that person is NOT the driver - then speed restrictions suddenly become less personal, less a challenge to individual ego. It becomes more a matter of simply getting there.
I've always been ready for automatic driving. Can't wait to program where I want to go, sit back and read a book, or take a nap.
The challenge would be to make the self-driving cars unhackable, although, technically, most modern cars can already be sabotaged by the government if they want to get rid of a witness.
Autonomy will steadily increase over years to come and at some point we will hit the 'tipping point'.
20 years ago, cruise control was novelty and rarely used. It's now a standard/optional feature on most cars. Adaptive cruise is common on luxury cars and lane control is appearing too.
Bit by bit, we will start to accept more and autodrive features - in europe all cars now have ABS, stability control, traction control and a host of other features that take more and more control from the driver.
Fully autonomous cars cannot function fully until there are few driven cars left - the safety features would stop you pushing into queues on busy roads and would always give way to the aggressively manually driven car.
But it will come......