Driverless Ubers, cool, but a Tesla??

This entry doesn't immediately seem to fit into this blog, because what it's about doesn't immediately fit with what this story is about. But, it is. Why? Because what I'm about is the minimizing the differences between myself, and someone who hasn't suffered an injury that's rendered them unable to drive. Put it this way, with what Elon is thinking, while the notion of my being able get into a Tesla is highly-unlikely (simply because of cost), the concept of taking one alone is impossible. However, with what he's proposing, not only will riding in one be possible, but doing so alone.
Teslas, are cooler than pretty much anything, of that there's no doubt, but they're not cheap! But, as with everything, while the price starts high, as skills/production/everything else improves, the cost to make will reduce.
Visionaries don't see the cost of making things, nor do they worry about "little things" that would get in the way, because all they see is the result.
Everything that's designed follows a 3-step process of questions, which is "what do we need?", followed by "how do we do it". At the centre is why it's being thought of. Nearly every invention follows the process, starting at the outside, and working in. Steve Jobs, who invented the Mac computers, followed it, but reversed the order. He thought of why what he's inventing is needed. He solved it, and worked out.
Elon Musk is a visionary, of that there's no doubt, because he's making going to space more of a common-thing, and now he's announced that he'll be into making self-driving taxis.
I'm looking at my computer, the where I store my info for backup, and this will show more of what I just said.
Everything that's somewhat standard now was "holy cow, that's awesome!!" when it was first launched, and cost a fortune. In a long time, cars like this will likely simply be "just a car", and the fact that it's driverless, and a taxi, won't be anything weird.

Driving wasn’t a choice for me, but it it can be for others

For me, driving wasn’t a choice, because of my eyes, but for others, it could be a choice. I don’t think about it, anymore. It bugged me, a lot, for a few years. I’d put a lot of “personal value” on it, mainly because of my loss of personal-independence. I’d lost a lot, I always looked at the bad-side, but after a while, I stopped worrying about it. And, thanks to organizations like ROSSS, who provide transportation services to the disabled, I’m far more mobile than I’d imagined. Put it this way, if your car isn’t available, you can’t go anywhere. For me, if Person #1’s car isn’t available, there are 5 other staff-drivers, and a whole lot of volunteers. Basically, I’m far more able to go somewhere than I used to be, by a whole lot.

 

With me, it’s because of my eyes. I see double, all the time. I was given prism glasses, because they’ve shown to help, but I don’t see any difference.

However, in the very-early days, 3D glasses didn’t work, so going to a 3D movie was expensive, and mostly-pointless. I guess that my eyes are getting better, marginally, because way back when the movie was simply too much information, so I wore an eyepatch to the movies. Now, while I still see double, it’s easier to ignore one of the images, so while it’s not perfect, at least I see it somewhat-3D.
So, while it’s not perfect, it’s not a complete waste of money.

Read The Citizen article that got me thinking of this.