I’m seeing lots of tweets with people asking why we are still doing this. I’m thinking of the tech that has been developed for this that is useful for life on earth - including the astounding navigational and automation abilities. This thing hits the Mars atmosphere at 16,000 mph, slows down to 200mph, drops the bottom off and then identified on its own the best spot to land and then steered there. It then lowers the rover down on cables and drops it off gently before cutting the cables and flying off as far as its rocket fuel will take it. All with ZERO human intervention.
When I think of self-driving cars… if NASA can land a 1 ton vehicle like that on a planet 128M miles away, I feel better about that tech.
On a more selfish level, I can’t wait for self-driving cars. How many people will be able to live on their own longer into old age? What if you know mom is going to get to her doctor’s appointment and to the grocery store without killing anyone?