Autonomous vehicles are already here -- just not evenly distributed. @MDFarren @Mercatus

Dec 07, 2017, 04:11 AM

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Autonomous vehicles are already here -- just not evenly distributed. @MDFarren @Mercatus

Sometimes our own best intentions can get in the way of innovations that make our lives safer and better. This is the sentiment behind Henry Ford’s most famous — and most misattributed — quote, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” New technology like iPhones, real-time GPS directions, and video calls were once only ideas from science fiction, but now most of us cannot imagine our lives without them.

Permissionless innovation allows the development of new technologies that revolutionize our way of life. It gives us the things that we never realized we were missing.

For example, in November Uber announced a partnership with NASA to develop air traffic control software for autonomous flying taxis, with the first tests of the service occurring in Los Angeles and Dallas in just three years.

Just as we can hardly imagine a world without cars, planes and the internet, future generations will take autonomous vehicles — even flying ones — for granted. In a world where no one worries about an early demise in a car crash, debates over AV technology will appear as misguided as the 19th-century arguments against railroads.