I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone took this crucially important question up. And thank god they did, because we can now say with increasing certainty what you were already hoping in your heart of hearts would be the case: autonomous driving will likely usher in a golden age of boning in cars.
This makes sense. Freed from having to pay attention to where we’re going, it was only a matter of time before automotive passengers found something more constructive to do with all that extra free time. Until now, the conventional wisdom was that a lot of that time would be taken up by sleep. After all, people are already working on prototypes for roving beds that will whisk you to your destination while you catch some zzz’s.