” I don’t know how much longer humans will be on the road, and I don’t know how long they will work, but the neat thing about the cars is that you can really add a lot of flexibility to things; you can fit more lanes in, you can pack the cars in more tightly, and you can do things where you can make a road going downtown at rush hour be a 100 percent one-way and then once rush hour is over it is 60 percent one direction and 40 percent in the other. And it can shift maybe five or seven times a day. And you point out about humans, the neat thing is that humans do a pretty good job of it. There is one road in Washington DC-Connecticut Avenue-which switches from four in one direction and two in the other to three and three and it switches a couple of times during the day. A friend of mine lived on Connecticut Avenue and he said it is really surprising but it works. And it rarely fails. Which is odd. And you think that it wouldn’t be the case but if that’s what humans can do, we can probably do much better with the computers.”
The book is divided into 80 short chapters in which Peter explores the different ways that the self-driven car will impact our lives.