So which is it
I sure as hell don't want the first batch to be driven without someone behind the wheel for a few years. And that person needs a regular driver's license and the ability to take over if anything either fails or the car can't cope with a situation.
As someone who just drove over 2,000 miles, some of it in snow, I would love to have some of the tech that self-driving cars are making available. But 100% door-to-door service with 100% accuracy?? I just don't see it happening anytime soon. The GPS I used sent me the wrong way twice, and I just updated the maps before I left. Once was not a big deal, it just picked a route that wasn't as efficient. The second failure took me to a non-existent gas station which appeared on the map to be in the middle of a corn field.
We do need regulations. Or do you really want to see a bunch of people killed by an automated car, and the heavy-and of the law come down then.
There is no overriding reason to rush these to market, the percentage of the population that really needs them is very small. For the rest of us, they are just a convenience factor. It's possible they could lower traffic accident rates. Or it's possible that they could increase them since in the beginning, only a very small percentage are going to be automated, so they will have to deal with the millions of bad drivers out there.
I do have one prediction though