Yes, I believe we’re entering a time of decline for driving itself — certainly amongst the younger generations. It may be hard to see now because our world (especially in the U.S.) is so car-centric. But the pieces are coming into place that makes owning a car not only less attractive, but often unnecessary.
Sure, it will hit dense urban areas first. But again, I see no reason why this doesn’t spread to all but the most remote reaches of the country. Things tend to sound crazy before they’re suddenly reality.
No, I believe that increasingly, they don’t care about driving anything. But maybe they will care what they’re driven in at certain times.
(This will obviously be true in denser cities at first. But I see no reason why this doesn’t spread to suburbs as well eventually.)
London may as well also require that cabbies master the art of saddling a horse and mending a harness.
It’s a good question — it seems that no, they’re not. As you can see here, companies like Mercedes are not only leaving these screens open for use with their own systems, they’re also leaving them open to Android in the future (though details aren’t clear there).
All of this sort of led to my reference to the Rokr. We’ll see how well Apple likes playing on other’s hardware. They do it a bit with the Apple TV, but as you note, this is someone else’s touchscreen.
They want to make cars that make drivers better. We want to make cars that are better than drivers.