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What future for the driving licence?

At a time when robots are playing butlers and some metro trains no longer have a driver, cars talk about driving all by themselves. Simple and tiring tasks are being more and more so entrusted to robots. The automatic gearbox is already almost a foregone conclusion, the speed stabiliser an obligation; parallel parking manoeuvres are also controlled by the computer of some vehicles. Even better, there are systems making it possible to remotely control your car from your smartphone. Other solutions even offer to save the configuration of familiar places to let the car pull over by itself...
Yet the man remains sole master on board. Like planes that fly automatically and touch down most often alone, but still need pilots to provide essential security. The car fits into this same logic. The automation of certain functions, which is often very advanced, does not take away responsibility from humans.
What will the role of the driving licence be faced with these evolutions? Driving exams will probably be less demanding. The code, however, is likely to be intensified. Recognising a limitation sign or a forbidden direction will without doubt be less essential than feeling comfortable with an electronic console or system failure management. Changing a battery will perhaps be more useful than changing a wheel. As for the notion of air channel, it may apply to a driving channel. In all cases technique and regulations will be at the rendezvous.
The driving licence may eventually disappear ... to give way to permission to be driven.
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