“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. – Arthur C. Clarke
The long history of driverless cars in science fiction and, increasingly, in reality neatly illustrates ‘magic as motivation’. Driverless cars are a response to the congestion, accidents, and drudgery that define driving cars. Driverless cars promise accurate and relaxing travel that is liberated from the imperfections of humans and their cities. The innovators behind driverless cars (and it’s not just Google) understand the current limitations of automotive technology and have used a magical imagination to inspire the re-invention of car travelling.