Today marks my five-year anniversary as an independent journalist /critic / evangelist /swashbuckler of autonomous vehicles. It’s also the day that I’m officially sidelining the topic to spend more time working on other projects.

It’s actually been months since I’ve penned anything AV-related, so this is a long time coming. I was inspired or prompted to write a half-dozen opinion pieces over that period, but I kept coming back to the…