I can't wait for self-driving cars to become the de facto standard for transport. I'm actually more interested in self-driving vans because it will mean I will achieve roughly two and a half hours more work in a day - or even better, I'll work two and a half hours less every day. Driving is a killer because it takes so much concentration, especially in a large van. People behave so randomly when they're behind the wheel and they're often not even aware of what they're doing wrong or the impact it might have on other vehicles close to them.
Self-driving vehicles should end all this erratic behaviour and mean journeys are smooth, tranquil and without incident. It might mean our journeys are slightly longer, because the car won't be chancing its arm and breaking the speed limit, but we won't care because we'll have the journey time to do whatever we want. It might be different if we're late for getting to somewhere. In this case we'll probably be screaming at the car to hurry up. If its possible to manually control your car, instead of it being on auto-pilot, then you'll see people taking control and weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds. You'll be looking out your window at someone who has just recklessly overtaken you and you'll think "he must be late for somewhere". That's probably when accidents will happen, and its impossible to do anything to make people leave on time.
That's the ticket.