Here's the shocker: human beings in control of motorized vehicles are increasingly DANGEROUS. The autonomous vehicles with human operators as a failsafe is a transition phase. As the AI gets better, accidents decrease, safety increases, the humans will no longer be needed. For long haul truckers, worried about losing their jobs, I would expect their roles to shift to security guards because most likely, we'd want someone guarding those trucks of stuff shipping all over the place. This is technological progress -- humans being replaced by machines. In a constantly evolving technological world, this makes sense. Humans need to be taken out of the problem because with so many error prone humans driving on ever denser roads, the possibility of death increases. At this point, the number of vehicular deaths on the roads is unacceptable, and that is why technology is taking over. To the crowd averse to change, who say things like, "you're not taking my control away," -- you don't get to maintain control on public roads if my safety relies on you "following the rules" as the school bus problem currently exhibits. If you still want to drive your own car, then do it on a track, or buy a nice piece of land. The public road should be automated, and will be automated, because computers are far better at dealing with collision detection and traffic than human beings are. And what will happen is that the crash and ticket incidents will dramatically drop for self-driving cars to the point that the insurance companies end up making driving yourself prohibitively expensive. It will fix itself. And either you will embrace the change, or you will be stuck with your horse and your carriage proclaiming these newfangled devices to be the death to mankind. Progress happens regardless of how you personally feel about it. Slashdot is news for nerds, I'd expect a large part of those nerds to be in IT -- the very place where change happens ALL the time. We should be used to stuff changing by now.