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4 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ © 2018 National Business Media, Inc. All rights reserved. THE SHOP (ISSN 2380-7415) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424; FAX (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years $80; Three years $108. Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. Funds). Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. Funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to THE SHOP, PO Box 460651, Escondido, CA 92046-0651. All items submitted to THE SHOP become the sole property of THE SHOP and National Business Media, Inc. and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liability for printed advertisements in THE SHOP. Opinions expressed in THE SHOP may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine's editor, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. sk professionals in our industry about the coming impact of autonomous vehicles and many will brush it aside as fake news, unwilling or unable to envision roadways packed with self-piloted cars and no active driver. That's why I was excited to see a report come out of Arizona Auction Week of a panel discussion confirming not only the coming AV sea change, but also the continuation of our coun- try's love affair with driving, and how the two can co-exist. Freedom, privacy, digital detoxing and the satisfaction of using your hands top the list of reasons millions of Americans will choose to continue driving and working on cars long after self-driving vehicles are the norm, according to the expert panel at the Why Driving Matters town hall discussion. McKeel Hagerty, CEO of insurance provider Hagerty, predicts driving will fall back into favor with the inevitable backlash to society's current infatuation with smartphones and technology. "In five to 10 years more and more people are going to see the value in seizing their attention back, and I think that's the value of cars without a lot of electronics in them," he said. "I'm a different person when I'm behind the wheel, not paying attention to my digital device." Panelists agreed that self-driving technology—once it is widely adopted—will save lives, make commutes more productive and ease congestion in cities. But that doesn't mean people will lose interest in driving altogether. "There's no need to panic—the transition to the future is going to take some time," said Bob Lutz, former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors. He predicted that in 10 years, people-piloted cars will be banned in major cities in favor of standardized self-driving modules that won't be individually owned. "(The federal government) isn't going to tell us we can't drive; they're going to tell us we can't drive in cities." Total autonomy outside of cities, he added, is still "way out there." Lutz compared autonomous vehicles to horses when mass-produced cars were introduced. Horses, he said, didn't go away—they just weren't allowed on the road. "The horse industry is still a gigantic industry and a wonderful hobby." People-piloted cars, he noted, will follow a similar arc. "There will be a spawning of motorsports parks all over the country, just like golf courses." Wayne Carini, host of Velocity TV's Chasing Classic Cars, emphasized the satisfaction many people feel in repairing, building and restoring vehicles. Cars, he said, are only about a century old and the public's fascination with them isn't about to fade. "Cars are so important for all of us. The automobile is in its infancy—it's a little over 100 years old," he said. "Being able to repair cars, you become part of the automobile and the industry, and it's so cool." Hagerty plans to stage additional town halls across the country this year to further gauge the public's feelings on driving, and has also set up a Why Driving Matters forum at Don't Panic: Driving Remains a Priority A \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ DRIVER'S SEAT PUBLISHER REGAN DICKINSON EXECUTIVE EDITOR JEF WHITE DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR ANTHONY BOWE ART DIRECTOR IVETH GOMEZ GRAPHIC DESIGNER LINDA CRANSTON EASTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER WENDY MILES WESTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER RYAN WOLFE SALES SUPPORT ERIN GADDIE TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTOR MIKE MAVRIGIAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS JOHN CAROLLO, JOHN MCCABE, PHILLIP M. PERRY, JASON R. SAKURAI, BRETT SOLOMON NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA PRESIDENT & CEO ROBERT H. WIEBER JR. 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