Motoring enthusiasts such as ourselves are constantly on-edge waiting for the axe to drop in the form of automated, self-driving cars. We love to get behind the wheel. Anything that could possibly come between ourselves and our right to pilot a car is upsetting.
But as Automobile‘s Mike Floyd writes, there is always hope so long as there exist cars which can capture the imagination of the public.
Driving Automobile‘s press Corvette Stingray, with its white paint job and starkly-contrasting black interior and wheels, Floyd experienced a kind of excited recognition that he rarely sees with a car. While this new Corvette has obviously been out for some time now, it was still regarded everywhere he went with a sort of reverent awe; it’s a celebrity here in Detroit.
In fact, it’s such a celebrity that he experienced droves of would-be photographers trying to snap cellphone pictures through their closed car windows at night, and an eight year-old boy who was rendered practically wordless, only managing to utter “cool car,” with a sort of dewy-eyed admiration.
It gives us hope that so long as there are outstanding, handsome, exciting cars to drive, people will want to drive them. They won’t settle for sitting shotgun while an artificial intelligence does all the work, and they certainly won’t accept the virtual, video game substitute.
Really, if capitalism preaches anything, it’s that when there’s a market, there’s a way. So long as there are mystified devotees to worship every passing sportscar, cars in need of human input aren’t going anywhere.