@mikephillipsMe too - but there are times when driving is dreary. E.g. Pdplot's journey from CT to FL.
I guess, I like to have the choice. Shift an analog car when the road is fun - and automated (or just fly) when the roads are boring.
Out of curiosity, what "2020 daily driver" is a 6-speed? I'm likely going to invest in a GTI, 6-speed, SE trim. I recently sold my 2010 6-speed... now I'm stuck driving the family grocery-getter, infinitely practical but joyless.
When I ordered my 2010 with a manual, the dealer requested a bigger deposit than normal - if I did not take the car then he would not be able to sell it to someone else!My neighbor somehow fell into a 2008 Altima V6 6-speed manual. Told him if he ever decides to sell it, me first! That car HAD to be a "special order" unit, can't imagine any dealer wanting to put it in inventory.
While I worked in the Sewickley Porsche-Audi dealership back-when (late '70's), Audi had a 4000 model chassis with the five cylinder engine and five speed manual, designated "4000 5+5". Had to order it & wait. That was a "Q-Ship" of a car, it'd be one to keep if you could find one today.When I ordered my 2010 with a manual, the dealer requested a bigger deposit than normal - if I did not take the car then he would not be able to sell it to someone else!
Yeah, for a number of years, late '90's into 2009, I commuted on an Interstate 50 miles one-way to the shop. Would see all manner of "negligent operation of a motor vehicle". For the first few years the drive was in an Alfa GT 1600 and at about the same time every day. Got to recognize the "regular" commuters. One guy going the same direction in the mornings in a Jeep Cherokee would be in the right lane, going EXACTLY 55 MPH with a newspaper spread over the steering wheel! In just an opposite instance there was a fella in a red Fuego going the other direction, we would flash headlights and wave at one another. He was an attentive driver AFAIC.2021 Mini Cooper S with 6 speed manual. Had to order. Limited slip and sports suspension no longer available. But you can get British flag brake lights.
"multitasking" while driving is not a new thing. I can remember in years past before cell phones and texting seeing drivers reading a book, shaving, or doing their make-up on the interstate. The new technology might make it safer, in some cases. Then again, Darwin may have had a point.