This seems to me the key point here:

And yet, nothing has changed: wipers were always just a tool to achieve the outcome of safe transportation.

(plus that last bit about humans being the greatest impediment to driving)

Interesting take, Mitch. I applaud autonomous vehicle development. But still, there is a line in the sand, we’re not imagining it, are we? Wipers, windshields, dashboard feedback loop signals, mirrors, rear view cameras etc. are all designed to help the driver perform the function of operating the vehicle, to maximize driver efficiency. Self-driving cars minimize (and eventually hope to eleiminate) operator involvement.

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