A reader writes:
Just a quick response to the question: My mother is 88 years old. She’s in great shape for 88, very self-sufficient. But she’s not really physically fit to drive and thankfully gave up her car keys willingly about 8 years ago. Many “seasoned citizens” are decidedly NOT willing to give up their keys, and it’s a terrible battle within families when it’s time for Grampa to give up driving for good.
My mom feels very stranded and many times wishes she could still drive. She loves the idea of a self-driving car, it would give her back some of the freedom she gave up when she stopped driving. She’s doubts she’ll live to see the day when self-driving cars are a reality, but I can see how it can really improve the lives of elderly folks, as well as the handicapped.
Another agrees – and expands the argument:
Autonomous cars will be a boon for aging populations.