If you keep your finger on the tech pulse, you probably know that Autonomous Cars are just around the corner. The technology has made such progress, that even governments (not the most agile of groups) are passing legislation to allow driverless cars to take to the road.
I’m really excited about this technology – we’re finally getting the tech that has been staple material of science fiction movies for decades. But you know what, I’m not going to buy one. No, it’s not because I don’t think that they will be safe or that my love of driving is such that it I can’t let go of the steering wheel.
No, my thinking is this: Most cars in the world are sitting unused parked somewhere. Most cars only get used about 2hrs a day. The rest of the time they sit still wasting space, depreciating. This is a huge waste of resources, an underutilization of assets. What’s more it is EXPENSIVE. As a car owner you have to pay registration, insurance, depreciation, servicing, parking fees, fines and more. Not only that, but owning a car is time expensive. You have to refuel, you have to organize servicing, you have to clean it. On top of this you have a mental weight of the car – worrying about it getting damaged, stolen, getting old, the battery going dead. Who wants all that hassle? Not me!
Fortunately, driverless cars are going to make all this pain a thing of the past. With automaton the cost of taxi services will drop precipitously. If they don’t, taxi companies will be eaten alive by private sharing services. With Johnny Cab on the scene using taxis for getting around will finally be cheaper than owning your own car. It seems like a no brainer to me.
So no, I am not going to buy an automated car, but I am sure going to enjoy riding in them 😉