Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts that in the future human-driven cars will be banned by authorities because they are too dangerous.
Appearing at Nvidia’s annual developers conference, the South-African–born inventor said that when self-driving vehicles become the norm, regular cars will be made illegal.
“In the distant future people may outlaw driving cars because it’s too dangerous,” Musk said. “You can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine.”
Musk agreed that self-driving cars will eventually become as outdated as elevator operators but that the shift to autonomous vehicles would take a long time to come to fruition.
“I think it is important to appreciate the size of the automotive industrial base, there’s 2 billion of them,” said Musk, adding that the changeover wouldn’t begin to happen for at least 20 years.
Musk later made it clear that he wasn’t advocating the banning of human-driven cars, but that it could eventually happen.
However, when self-driving cars become safer than human-driven cars, the public may outlaw the latter. Hopefully not.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2015
Musk’s prediction dovetails with a number of automotive developments being pushed by governments that serve to strip the individual of mobility rights and create a world where the permission to drive any vehicle is at the behest of the state.
As we reported in January, the UK government plans to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in the name of reducing traffic and offsetting global warming.
The state plans to achieve this new high-tech solution by fitting sensors in all cars that would wirelessly send information to a “central traffic control system”. The control system would then react by imposing remote speed limits on each vehicle, a “shockwave effect” which would cause each one to brake and accelerate in unison.
Future scenarios predicted by organizations such as Forum For the Future envisage a highly controlled society in which all vehicles are controlled by a central authority and dispatched for the use of citizens only after a request and approval process based on ration cards.
In the video clip below, the goal of a “sustainable world” is achieved via a “tightly planned and controlled urban transport” system under which cars can only be owned by rich people having been declared impractical by the state and are banned in cities.
People who resist this “planned-opolis” are confined to “cry freedom ghettos” and restricted from having access to high-tech utilities.