Even thought I am a driverless car skeptic, for various reasons*, I do really like thinking through potential implications. So, here are some unorganized thoughts.
With good autopilot/driverless technology, paired with remote-work technology and expanding cellular coverage, I could imagine a lifestyle of continuous transport working for some people. The infrastructure of service stations already exists. People could select destinations and then allow their vehicles to take them around the country while they worked, or reclined and watched TV, and they could be routed to points of interest for forays throughout the day.
So, what is the official residence of someone who lives like this for tax purposes? They would have no physical address, and the car could keep flawless track of where they were in case the IRS wanted the receipts. How would one tax these people?
What if a company could be headquartered in a persistently mobile vehicle?
I know current laws rely on physical addresses in key ways, like for opening bank accounts, receiving and sending physical mail, and so on. But it seems like those things are changing from requirements of reality to legal/bureaucratic requirements, which makes me think someone might just try to see where the boundaries were.
And there are businesses that exist right now to receive mail and then scan and electronically forward it.
Automated trucks toting server farms around. Who would have legal jurisdiction? How would they even find the mobile servers?
*Mainly, reliability and the last mile problem, particularly in cities.
To have the transformative impact people are looking for, driverless technology would need to be so good people could completely ignore the operations of the car and sleep, work, watch TV. Autopilot/driver assist doesn’t cut it.
And I am skeptical that a self-driving car will be able to successfully navigate a crowded, busy situation in which many (if not most) people (pedestrians, cyclists, other drivers, dogs, etc.) are not following the law regarding how they should cross streets and change lanes and so on.