FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet.
Many of us feel the need for control - we need to be behind the wheel when in a car. We do not like others to drive us, and when they do, we become the classic backseat drivers - constantly critiquing the technique of whoever is driving besides ourselves.
And then there is the issue of people beyond the wheel in other cars. So many people can be seen screaming in their cars and gesturing angrily at other drivers. This frustration sometimes boils over into true road rage, and unfortunately there have been instances of true violence that have erupted simply because of quarrels about getting cut off in traffic, road speed and other driving issues.
But is that all about to change? Are we willing to relinquish control and give ourselves up to self-driving vehicles? Technological efforts already are moving in that direction - but will that technology be embraced?