'Apple Car: Destination Unknown'

Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors, in a smart think piece on the Apple Car rumors:

It’s entirely reasonable that an Apple executive would try to imagine the auto industry of 20 or 30 years from now and see those trends lead to a logical conclusion: A fleet of vehicles with electric engines that feature deep integration of hardware and software, possibly up to the point of being self-driving or at least with optional auto-drive capabilities in some circumstances.

Despite my joking that, due to my low vision and lack of a driver's license, an Apple Car would be of no use to me whatsoever, reading Jason's piece made me realize something. Come 2035 or 2045, perhaps the auto industry (and the bureaucracy that, ahem, drives it) will be in a place that I could make use of a car, albeit a self-driving one. I get on my Jony Ive-designed Apple Car, use CarPlay to tell the car where I want to go, and off I go. My very own Uber, essentially.

This is pure speculation, of course. But for visually impaired people whose vision precludes them right now from driving --- and the freedom that driving affords --- a self-driving Apple Car could represent the zenith of accessibility. No longer would we need to rely on public transit or a ride-sharing service or the kindness of others to get anywhere not within reasonable walking distance. As I said, all we'd need to do is hop in our car, tap a few buttons, and go. Yes, we'd need to worry then about insurance and maintenance of the vehicle, but the upside in accessibility would almost be too great to pass up.