It's hard to fight Schmidt's logic. After all, thousands of Americans die each year due to accidents that are mostly avoidable. Then there's the matter of traffic jams; Computers could one day seamlessly route vehicles to the best possible road, virtually eliminating the Interstate parking lot. Oh, and don't forget that drivers are becoming increasingly distracted by electronic gadgets like smartphones.
Autonomous vehicles? Nice idea, but until it truly feasible and reliable on a massive scale, we're more than happy to drive ourselves. And while we're at it, we'll row our own gears, too.