The silliest study ever conducted, and that is saying a lot
Driverless cars won't give us any more free time says study
I am old enough to remember when people who had never used a smartphone would blather on about how they would never own, or use one. They had lots of reasons, lots of excuses as to why, but of course all that is now water under the bridge. They are all using smartphones, and can't live without them.
This study simply asks people who have no experience with something how they will behave once confronted with that thing. Their answers are fun, but inane. They know nothing, so their answers are simply fabricated around their fears, and fantasies. Solid information that!
I am sure the same trivial worries, fears, and ideas were raised in response to the automobile. And look at how that worked out. No one drives auto! Good lord no, they found the increased mobility valueless.
Oh, wait, wife just clocked my upside the head! I am wrong! We DO use automobiles. We drive 2.5-3 trillion miles per year. That is a lot of miles. The auto won the mobility race, hands down.
People will watch the road for a day, or a few days, or perhaps even a few weeks, but not longer. Then they will bore of watching the car drive itself immaculately round, and round, and then they will do something else. Sometimes that will be productive, sometimes entertaining, other times frivolous, and it may include looking at the beautiful scenery we have in the USA, or not, perhaps they will be transiting the Salton Sea.
This study is a frivolous piffle of nonsense.
A side story to make my point. Years ago I bought a robot vacuum, a Neato XV-11, I discussed the vacuum here: Review: Neato Robotics Vacuum. It is a good vacuum, and I recommend it. The story is that after unboxing the robot, charging it, I set it to run, and the entire family sat watching in fascination. Then it went back to charge. When it reawaken, the fascination remained, but had obviously diminished. We wanted to see how the dog would react, the rabbit, and how Robbie would navigate difficult areas. Then it went back to recharge, and no one has paid it another thought since.
We quickly became enured to the thing running in the background, and now only I wrangle Robbie, making sure an errant hair stretchy, or rubber band has not caused problem.
We will quickly become enured to the self drive automobiles operation, and we will quickly adapt, using the additional time to do things we would rather do. Plus, parents will have far less need to cart children to, and from activities, this alone will be a huge boost to productivity.