I replaced my 16-year-old car this weekend. It served me well and I was sad to see it leave.
In the process of trading in my four-wheeled friend, the salesperson asked, “Does your current vehicle have navigation?”
I answered, “Nope.”
A quick follow-up, “Does it have USB ports?”
This went on for a bit. He named features and I confirmed my old cars lack of technological prowess.
I then thought about the day some 16 years in the future when I will replace the car I was currently in the process of buying.
What will the future salesperson ask? “Do you have the self-driving feature?” or “How many ground miles does your car have? How about flying miles?”
Will there even be a salesperson to ask such questions? Will I even have the need to buy a car at all?
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