Autonomous vehicles? Odd as it may seem, there are considerable parts of the planet that do not have a nice grid road layout, with nice wide, well-defined traffic lanes, at least one in each direction.I think you’re pretty much right about this. I also reckon that personal car ownership is finished, assuming that the Government actually follows through with banning sales of ICE and hybrids.
I think that car clubs may be an interim solution, but obviously, the ultimate solution comes with autonomous vehicles. In this scenario, there will be pools of EVs connected to robotic chargers in each neighbourhood, and if you need to go somewhere, you get on your iPad and call up a vehicle, which will autonomously drive round to your house, pick you up and take you where you want to go.
Pay as you go service. No need to worry about ownership, servicing, charging etc.
Pretty bleak if you’re a used car salesman.
Your vehicle encounters another one coming the other way - which one reverses and how far before they can pass? Now the other vehicle is a tractor or lorry and the next widest bit is 5 miles back, then what? After the tractor/lorry has passed, you set off again and meet another one - repeat? How does it pick up a failed haunch on an unmarked country lane, where the hole is of unknown depth due to being full of water?
The level of AI in such a vehicle boggles the mind - we are a long, long way from such a beast. Most of us on this site will be long dead before that happens.