Greg Wyatt, our Pitt Meadows correspondent (and car enthusiast), responds to the post on the driverless car:
Some of us actually like to drive, navigate and have the personal freedom that the private vehicle allows. Just last week I was one of hundreds of attendees at an Audi driving school held at the Pitt Meadows airport. They gave us new Audi S4’s and we negotiated a slalom course, 1/8th mile high speed oval and skid control on a water course. A truly amazing experience for enthusiasts and those just looking for more control.
My own needs in particular and that of my associates do actually use our cars more than five percent of the time … my personal mileage is at about 220,000 km over the last six years. Sometime I think my poor car is going to scream for a rest.
With the amazing options that are available on some luxury vehicles, I would doubt whether those shared or driverless drivers would pass up the superb HID headlights, navigation systems, lane departure warning, backup and overhead parking cameras, wifi hot spots in the car (that one is really cool for those of us that carry around Ipads to communicate while on the road), smart cruise control to hold distances at highway speeds, all-wheel drive with torque split to each wheel. (I have that one on my car and in our climate it is amazing especially hitting snow squalls near Prince George while climbing a steep hill.) At 34 miles per gallon highway, expense per mile is minimal except for the very expensive service provided by the German dealers.
Would shared vehicles have all these options that I presently use? Likely not. Would I be willing to give them up and operate either a shared vehicle or a driverless with less options? Double likely not.
For some of us who do not have the luxury of riding a bicycle to work and that must travel large distances in suits, we would prefer our current mode.