I'm not sure who is saying they don't want autopilots for their cars, I definitely do. Certainly no one who is driv.. I mean parking in traffic for hours. I fully willing to trust a computer to move me at 5 mph, stop and go, for 45 minutes while I get work done. I understand some people like to drive their cars recreationally, but I can't imagine that city driving is a place anyone wants to do that. A manual transmission in gridlock traffic seems like punishment incurred by offending a lesser deity. Chauffeur's are a bit outside of my means, so an AI will do.
Sure, you can use technology stupidly, it's almost a human obligation. Thus we have legislative and tort systems about handling those situations based on epirical results. Something becomes a big problem: a law will appear. Something happens rarely but causes damages? You'll probably get sued. Not really "nerd territory".