1. Because all-around cameras, GPS, and by-the-wire control of cars will soon be standard anyway, full autonomy will cost only a few hundred dollars extra when you’re buying a car. (As millions of morons prove every day, driving ain’t that hard.)
2. You will probably, however, have to pay a monthly subscription to a service provider for map data, firmware updates, etc., and initially insurance rates will be pretty high. Eventually though it will be the people whose cars can’t drive themselves who get jacked on insurance. Since this is America, liabilty issues are key.
3. Self-driving cars will work a lot better when signage, lane markings, etc. follow strict standards. All taxpayers will have to foot the bill for these upgrades to the infrastructure, while initially, only the rich benefit. Sound familiar?
4. Self-driving cars will also be operable in manual mode, at least to the users who have passed the iris scan and signed the liability statement on the touchscreen. But if you’re a driving enthusiast, see below.
5. Increasingly, some areas will only be accessible if you have a computer-controlled car. This will start with special lanes, migrate to city centers, and also be a tool wielded by tony suburbs (they’ll cite “safety,” but it will also be a way to exclude rabble who can’t afford a new car).