Imagine hitting the road in 2025 for a trip to see grandma then along the way an autonomous vehicle passes with a couple going at it inside—in the driver's seat.
People who try that today will likely die in a fiery crash before they reach that magical orgasmic moment. Eight to ten years from now it might not be an issue, scientists say, because the car or truck carrying the happy humpers will keep humming along safely to its destination. After all, self-driving vehicles are—to use the cliche—the wave of the future.
Here, from the Annals of Tourism Research, are some conclusions reached by researchers from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom:
Tourism in the urban night is intricately connected to the hospitality industry. At the same time, violent crime and antisocial behaviour often take place in areas of busy nightlife (e.g. Bromley and Nelson, 2002), thus the intersection of automated mobility and the urban night demands systematic and place-specific analyses.
This might include questions of how prostitution, and sex more generally, in moving CAVs [Connected and Autonomous Vehicles], becomes a growing phenomenon. For instance, ‘hotels-by-the-hour’ are likely to be replaced by CAVs, and this will have implications for urban tourism, as sex plays a central role in many tourism experiences (e.g. Carr, 2016).
While SCAVs will likely be monitored to deter passengers having sex or using drugs in them, and to prevent violence, such surveillance may be rapidly overcome, disabled or removed. Moreover, personal CAVs will likely be immune from such surveillance. Such private CAVs may also be put to commercial use, as it is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move’
It's one of those things that seems so obvious and awesome until the possibility of the kids getting an eyeful comes up, and that's not good at all.
So depending on the perspective, a future of tooling around down while getting it on isn't necessarily a positive thing.
The same researchers did see some definite positives that might come about as self-driving cars and trucks become a normal part of life. They note that cities "may also encounter increases in attendance at events," and "drunk-driving will no longer be an issue when riding in a CAV."
The future is basically bright, then. But couples planning on doing the nasty while road-tripping should probably buy some shades.