|English: Audi A8 at Snetterton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the worst nightmares that any aging person has is the loss of their driver's license wouldn't you say? Imagine being trapped in a house that works for you but is not near those things you need to survive...food, clothings, medical care or even just a drive in the country.
My daughter was talking about a totally autonomous car the other day..."I can hardly wait!" she said hopefully. She commutes a long distance everyday and could use at least part of that time to do phone calls (although that be illegal in some states). And you think she can hardly wait! What about my husband and I. Wouldn't that be the most wonderful thing in the world? We are 73 and 77 years old. Safety is a great concern for us and we hate to stay at home all the time.
On a website called Driverless Car Market Watch you can find the timeline for this wonderful invention to hit the market. The soonest we can expect to find such a car is an Audi A8 in 2017 while others are looking at 2025 or later. Reality tells me that only the rich and famous will be able to afford this but I suppose I can dream about the possibilities for my children and grandchildren.
Mobility and freedom are the two things we give up as we age. While doctors and science has given us extra years, the extended time is only as valuable as the quality of our life.
What do you think?