Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Many people worry about the added expense of autonomous technology and the effect it’ll have on car prices, but in fact, self-driving vehicles are likely to save owners a good bit of money.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.thecarconnection.com
There is definitely an argument that says car sharing will reduce the number of cars in resistance, but the scenario of Mum driving to work, then sending the car to pick up her son to take him to school and then send the car back home to pick up Johnnie again, then back to work to pick Mum up, isn’t necessarily likely to reduce traffic congestion. Johnnie could have caught the school bus and in effect this scenario may have generated double the number of journeys that would have happened with Mum going to work via school and back. Ergo less cars doesn’t mean less traffic on the road, it could mean more.
As to insurance, I will leave that up to the industry. It would be interesting to see what would happen if I went to AA Insurance today and said I want to insure a driverless car for use anywhere, any time on the road. I suspect they will consider it a much higher risk than a motorcycle or a convertible. I would.
Back to the money saving, how does doubling the number of trips save you money. Maybe in 30 years time driverless cars might become cheaper than conventional motor vehicles, but for now, entry level is likely to be in the region of 3 times or more the price of a typical popular car, so a $1,000 saving is not going to mean much.
Once again, I have to say, I love the concept of both autonomous cars and car sharing, however this article’s argument doesn’t work for me. What do you think?