2019 McLaren 600LT Chicane Effect
FYI, you can take a Waymo fully hammered now in certain places and it's perfectly legal as the car/robot is fully liable for anything that happens. However, it still has to be in the operational zones. These robo taxis are also the only ones allowed to take minors as well, as companies such as Uber and Lyft are consider unsafe due to drivers not being vetted for being with a minor alone.Well regulators are already allowing Waymo to use their taxis in a bunch of cities. It is literally here and now. Level 5 is a red herring, it's meaningful to geeks. Level 4 is what matters in the big way. We are not far from it, IMO, but then again, until you can get hammered in the back and the car is doing what it needs to (without packing an emergency stuck pack), it's all noise.
My only point is, there is a chance you might be surprised that it's not as far off as you think when it comes.
I for one look forward to it. While I love love LOVE driving myself, there are times on long road trips where setting it to auto and taking a nap would be super cool.
Another interesting tidbit, while SanFran happens to be the biggest city near where most of these development houses are, it is also the worst city in the US to drive. Everything from pedestrian always has right of way with the nations 3rd highest homeless per capita population (there is a problem with people jumping out from behind a box truck to intentionally get hit), narrow lanes, weird 1 one streets, hills, mismatched traffic lights/signage, construction, double parking, poor pavement conditions, weather such as fog and rain, etc, all help make SF the place to be for the ultimate litmus test if its ready for nationwide release. Even then, some other variables such as extreme cold, snow, ice, etc are also of concern, which places like the NE and Midwest need resolved before companies can fully deploy nationwide.