See and this is another aspect of it that I don't like! They are talking about using cars as "movable meeting spaces." You can do your work while you drive! I think that's awful. We already cram so much work into our lives, please don't take my car and make it a workspace as well. It is like that article about - the greatest mystery is why we fill our downtime back up with work.
Something my dad has always said and that really sticks with me is that all accidents are by nature preventable. In fact from the name itself, "accident," you can derive that notion. It's something I wrestle with because I think it's a very hard line to take, I mean I hit a deer with my car - could I have prevented that? Can you prevent being rear-ended? There may very well be times when the accident is completely someone else's fault and you couldn't have prevented it but I think they are rare and far between. That is one of the reasons I am so "tuned in" when I drive. That's one reason I see it as a challenge to always improve.
The people who get behind the wheel and mentally fall asleep are idiots. Cars aren't safe because people do idiotic things while driving them. I'm not pretending I don't multitask more than I should or with things I shouldn't touch sometimes: I do. I look at my phone sometimes. I hold it up so I can see the GPS or whatever.
You raise fair points about the plains. I don't know. I love a good two-hour drive down to the beach but even then I can choose a more rural highway over an eight-lane monstrosity. I like having the limitations of my perspective pointed out to me. And yes. I live very close to farm country. It's beautiful.