I've watched a few sci-fi shows/movies lately and the lack of autonomous vehicles is beginning to stick out. From Black Mirror to Altered Carbon and even Pacific Rim, these works tend to show off visions of the future with advanced AI, digitized consciousness, lifelike holograms, instant/effortless inter-human audio communications, instant access to data with internalized computers/pop-up displays...and then they hop in a car and drive like it's the 1950's. The most egregious example, to me, was in Alerted Carbon which paints the picture of a world centuries in the future with flying cars and castles in the sky. It seems to me that flying cars would almost necessitate autonomous vehicles to prevent regular spectacular accidents. The lack of self driving became particularly apparent when the main character is rushing his wounded partner to the hospital and he's looking back and forth between the "road" ahead and her and yelling "Hang in there! Don't die on me now!" It just struck me as silly that such an advanced society wouldn't have them in autonomous vehicles where they could just hop in the car, hit an emergency button and been granted priority travel to the nearest hospital. Anybody else notice this? Any thoughts on why they're so slow to adopt this vision?