Automatic Automobiles

Alexis Madrigal waves goodbye to the manual transmission:

Nowadays … more than 90 percent of American cars come with automatic transmissions. And the deskilling of teen drivers, I'm sure, has begun. One more skill, like efficient rotary phone dialing, will go missing and more more system will become a little easier to use and more opaque.

Relatedly, Adam Ozimek lays out how self-driving cars will become a reality.