With invention comes extension. When driverless (autonomous) cars become the norm this time honored practice will likely disappear.
Flipping off a driver that just cut you off will go the way of the pager and VHS players. Autonomous cars that are guided by radar, lidar, GPS, odometry, and computer vision won’t cut you off, won’t run a red light, won’t sit on a green light, and won’t almost sideswipe you. Tell me you won’t miss flipping the bird to a driver who violates your road space. It’s gonna’ take some adjusting.
There’s something about flipping off someone that’s an idiot that is extremely satisfying–almost orgasmic–like a cold beer on a hot day. Driverless cars also mean you will no longer be able to be a volunteer officer of the law, reporting those who text and phone while driving.
How are you going to flip off someone whose texting for breaking the law when they’re not driving? Frankly, driverless cars are going to take the fun out of occasionally practicing the chief tenet of road rage–flipping someone the bird.