But the fanboys keep telling us that all the human drivers will be gone in five years because Google.
No they don't. That's shorter than the normal life of the cars already on the road.
They may well say that autonomous cars will be in consumers hands within 5 years. And they may well be right.
As to whether the fully autonomous approach or the gradually add more automation to existing cars approach is better, we'll find out. American companies are generally trying the former. European companies the latter. Results, not theoretical arguments will provide the winner.
Why would I want a 'driverless car' if I can't sit in the back drinking whiskey because the car might expect me to take over at any second? What's the point?
What's the point of automatic transmission? Cruise control? Automatic braking before collision? They are all steps on the way to partially automated cars. And they are increasingly popular. And at the top end automatic lane following is already available to the consumer.