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There are more elements in the driving-test nowadays. However, that does not necessarily mean that the driving test is harder to pass nowadays.
According to studies, yes it is harder.

https://www.arnoldclark.com/newsroom...getting-harder

In the UK we're pretty ridiculous with how we treat younger generations when it comes to things like tests. If they do badly we criticise them and say things were better in the old days. If they do well then we say things are getting easier. We put young people in a catch-22 where they cannot possibly succeed. We desperately cling to this idea that young people are more stupid than ever, probably just to make ourselves feel better about the fact we're getting old. We'll even justify it by asking how strict the examiners are nowadays.

My grandfather drove around an airfield in Angus to get his driving license. He's rather proud of the fact he still cannot parallel park and has absolutely no chance of passing the theory, practical or hazard perceptions. He says these are all distractions and have nothing to do with driving. But I'm sure it was much harder back then.

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On the real topic of self-driving cars - as a society, we seem to be very afraid of them. Every time one is involved in an accident, it's on every news site in the world. Then you read about it and find that some blind 70-year-old has accidentally rear-ended the self-driving car at 10 mph, and turns out it had nothing to do with the self-drivingness of the car. We seem to want the technology to fail before it's begun, which is kinda interesting.

The different approaches of the companies is interesting too. Tesla rolling unfinished beta software to all its drivers. Not sure I'd want to beta test self-driving software, to be honest. But the Tesla justification is that even in the beta state, the technology saves lives, so it'd be wrong not to roll it out. Whilst Waymo and others aren't allowing public test and aren't doing a product launch until it's considered fully completed self-driving.

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