Driverless future? What about the almost driverless past?

Renault the automaker released the following concept for a "driverless future." Interesting dialogue on Dezeen about the practical, socio economic unintended consequences of being in a bubble all day.

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/03/06/renault-ez-go-driverless-transport-system-geneva-motor-show/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Dezeen%20Weekly%20560&utm_content=Dezeen%20Weekly%20560+CID_f6697b91f68e8f3ffcfd14ea4e8ff74a&utm_source=Dezeen%20Mail&utm_term=How%20is%20this%20a%20solution%20in%20any%20way

What happened to enjoying the random discovery of new things while walking and living in a city? Now that we have driverless cars to look forward to, I wonder more how America would have been different had we not dismantled all of our Electric Streetcar systems. Europe maintained and expanded theirs. The US has reintroduced them in many cities, including Los Angeles, Portland and DC. Roanoke had them too, remarkable for a city of its size:

 Roanoke Electric Railway street car near the Taubman and Amtrak station right after WW2.

Roanoke Electric Railway street car near the Taubman and Amtrak station right after WW2.