TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "AVs a moving target, but GM is zeroing in" (Michael Martinez, Aug. 5): I read elsewhere where General Motors is concerned with current sales and profits in key arenas (ditto for most car companies), so I question the validity of the current focus on self-driving cars. It reminds one of the 1980s, when the fad in Detroit was to "diversify" — for good reasons, admittedly — but most turned out to be expensive distractions.
No one wants to be identified as a reactionary, so it takes a brave soul to even question the validity of self-driving cars. But, simple question: Who among you is really looking forward to the "convenience" of being hurtled down a busy freeway at 80 mph, "relaxing" in the rear seat of an anonymous, driverless vehicle, with no steering wheel? Maybe GM is getting close, but, dear reader, are you?
BOB MARCKS, Scottsdale, Ariz.The writer is a former Ford stylist and retired Chrysler designer and product planning and marketing manager.