Would you have guessed that helmets and seatbelts could be mandated? Fuel economy?
Sure -- those things don't impose any significant constraints on anyone.
I'm pretty sure that imposing significant restraint on a person is the entire point of seatbelts.
Telling someone they're not allowed to drive anymore, OTOH, would likely piss them off. The ability to drive is seen as a signifier for independence and adulthood.
I don't think it's the actual driving that's important here. I think it's the ability to go where we want to go without having to rely on someone else to get us there that people actually care about. Autonomous cars satisfy that need just fine in the majority of cases.
I'm pretty sure most people won't be as cavalier about death as you are when there is a solution on hand.
I don't recall mentioning my opinion on the topic, only how I think the rest of the population will react.
But don't take my word for it, ask your friends and family whether they would consider a ban on non-automated driving acceptable. I think their responses would be illuminating.
Here, we agree. I'd be perfectly fine with a self-driving car as long as it had a manual mode. I don't have a great deal of confidence in a self-driving car's ability to properly navigate the bumpy dirt road to my mom's house, for example. But, I only make that drive a few times a year. For the other 99.9% of the driving I do, it would be awesome.