We discussed driving at beer night tonight, including the possibility that driving will disappear, leaving a market opportunity for entrepreneurs to allow you to drive non-autonomous cars on their property for a fee. Driving for yourself may become too expensive to insure. We won't be forbidden so much as gradually move away from it. Young people may want to get together as they always have, but the amount of communication they can do on their devices will diminish their need to be in the same physical location as much. When I was a teenager the psychological pressure for getting together was greater. You can only phone one person at a time. The modern teenager's aquarium can include many fish at once.
There are parts of driving we will be glad to give up. When our cars can automatically handle bumper-to-bumper on the highway - and flow more smoothly because they are in communication with each other - we will be glad to turn on the automatic and take a little nap. Little naps will be welcome on long trips as well, even if we like touring under our own direction most of the time. In fact, even those of us who like long trips will find the number of hours on automatic go up year by year.
Parking lots are a nightmare, and we will accept automatic driving for ourselves as the price for requiring it for all those other knuckleheads.
Yet there are parts of driving that I do very much like, that I do not find to be a chore. It has been fun to contemplate what parts of the driving experience I find very pleasurable and will cling to* as long as I can. I won't tell you mine.
*A new meaning to "bitter clinger."