Ahh, yes, the good old days when we could work on so many things ourselves. It's a good thing we COULD because we invariably HAD to. I don't know how many times I've rebuilt carburetors, filed (or replaced) points, set the dwell and timing, checked/replaced vacuum hoses and spark plug wires and distributor caps. Sure, one can replace a starter on a Slant Six in about 3 minutes with practice, but that doesn't make a '65 Dart inherently better than an '01 Corolla.This is very interesting. It also reinforces my conviction that I do NOT want any new cars, particularly GM. I keep thinking about possible points of failure and about feasibility of maintenance at home. Thus, I remain convinced the best cars were made from 1955 to 1970.
I think this will be a reality long before 2077. Probably the generation just born will be saying things like that once they're adults. Autonomous vehicles are likely 5 years or less from prime-time. And not long after that insurance premiums will probably rise so steeply for anything human-driven that most won't be able to afford to drive themselves. Probably a few years later we'll just ban human driving on public roads altogether.You have to DRIVE IT YOURSELF? Why did they even let people DO that?
Buses and trains are much much safer than cars per passenger-mile: https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/home-and-community/safety-topics/deaths-by-transportation-mode/So we'll all just be taking amtrak (lol), the bus or the subway to work.
That would be a disservice to the vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians, and the like (and, of course, any real-live human drivers that might still be out there).They might only need infrared headlights...
So any part that's there by government mandate is unnecessary? OK, let's delete those items off the car.Point taken about today’s cars lasting longer and having fewer maintenance intervals. But many of the possible (electronic) points of failure are unnecessary, often added because of government mandate.