Like most of you, I watched the rant by Popular Science editor and Millennial Dave Mosher about why he doesn't care about cars with a mix of horror and bewilderment. But the more I watched his rant, the more I realized that he's right about quite a few things.
First, I should say that although I'm not a fan of the term, I'm a Millennial myself. And I recognize that what Mosher says here probably represents the views of a lot of people in our age group.
While Mosher and I may not share my enthusiasm for cars, we're actually more on the same page than I thought we'd be — and he says many things Jalopnik has been saying about Millennials, cars and sustainability for some time.
I'll start with where I disagree, because that's the easiest part. Mosher says that although he grew up around a repair shop and knows how to fix cars, he no longer cares about driving and would prefer cars that drive themselves. He says he'd rather be in the back seat watching Finding Nemo with the kids than up behind the wheel risking his life. "Get rid of the driver," he says. "We don't need to drive, robots are better at it."
Obviously, I'd rather be driving for several reasons — first and foremost, because I enjoy driving, and second, because I feel more at risk when I'm riding passenger and trusting someone else's (or some robot's) driving skills and judgment.
I think Mosher needs to realize that enthusiasts see a difference between, as Matt has put it, driving — having a ton of fun on some cop-free back road on a sunny day — and commuting, which is generally miserable and soul-killing.