The level of change to the highway/road infrastructure to consider any type of autonomous future is unfathomable when the government spends it all on the military. I'm sure other countries will get there first.
Too bad American (and Canadian) don't like trains like Japanese do. Lvl 5 auto trains made more sense than cars.The level of change to the highway/road infrastructure to consider any type of autonomous future is unfathomable when the government spends it all on the military. I'm sure other countries will get there first.
thats why part of the 2030 plan is to force everyone into small cities.So ... a lease (which is a glorified long-term rental). You can do that today; lots of people do. What happens at the end of the lease period? Shredding the car after three years isn't a wonderfully environmentally friendly choice. (GM did that because the EV1 was totally an experimental test-fleet product.) Refurbish it and lease/rent it out again? Up to a point ... I am thinking that eventually the owner (vehicle manufacturer or leasing branch) isn't going to want to do that any more (who wants to lease/rent an 8 year old car?) and at that point they either prematurely junk it (not environmentally friendly, and they recover minimal cash for doing so) or they do what they do today: sell it on the open market!
Right now, today, you can:
- Take a taxi, paying someone else to drive their car ($$$).
- Go to a rental agency and rent one for any length of time you care to do so, and drive it yourself. They buy the car, they sell it off at the end of their ownership period, they clean it after each renter (the cost of the labour to do so is built into the rental price), they do the maintenance, you indirectly pay the insurance via the agency. You have to find a place to put it when you're not using it.
- Lease a car for your own use. Use it whenever you want wherever you want. You have to find a place to put it when you're not using it.
- Buy one.
Is there a niche somewhere between the taxi and a plain ordinary rental car, in which you drive the car (or, in some people's views, it drives itself) but it's only one trip at a time? Perhaps there is, and if it is totally self-driving, you aren't paying for someone to drive you around; I suppose that's the motivation for the self-driving taxi model.
Self-driving taxi or not, there's still this obstacle to get around.
I don't want to smell the previous renter's farts.
I don't want to deal with the previous renter's McDonald's wrappers (and the leftover smell of it).
I don't want to find out what that stain on the seats is.
I don't want to smell cigarette smoke.
I don't want to pay for damage that someone else caused.
In most urban places, the niche below a short-term rental car that doesn't incur the cost of a taxi is fulfilled by buses and trains.
In rural places, if I realise that I need a lift a few minutes from now, it's going to take an hour for a taxi (self-driving or not) to get there.
Trains do not give you the convenience of door-to-door service and time is money in this country. If it were otherwise, investment in partial autonomy would be plausible.Too bad American (and Canadian) don't like trains like Japanese do. Lvl 5 auto trains made more sense than cars.
.. not to mention Japanese trains are on another level of technological superiority with next to no co2 emissions. Those trains are fast enough.Have you ever been to the airport recently?
Today’s auto liability insurance companies have no say in the matter. They will pivot to cyber security/ identify theft/ terrorism/ business interruption insurance or die. Once we see Level 4 then there will be no need for personal liability insurance because the manufacturer will have assumed all liability for crash avoidance and comprehensive stuff will be rolled into the subscription cost.Right the only place totally autonomous could happen is inside a large shopping mall (personal pods) or at an airport. Or at a theme park, to shuttle guests from their self driven cars to the front entrance LOL. Everything else seems like an insurance nightmare which nobody has addressed.
If the insurance companies got behind it we would have autonomous cars tomorrow, they're not behind it because they know they will be put out of business over the claims.
all this self driving car crap is bluster written by journalists who quite frankly weren't good enough to be actually useful economists. so now we read their brain farts and think it's important. If their thoughts were important they wouldn't be in the economist, they would be at a think tank..lol - minimum a lecturer at a prestigious economics school...
thats why part of the 2030 plan is to force everyone into small cities.
Clearly, you have a misunderstanding of what the World Economic Forum does, and the scope of its recommendations.To be clear - you are unaware of the world economic forum?
and you think a train moving slower than a plane can somehow travel faster?
From what I remember, the ID3's software issues were things like the infotainment system crashing. Obviously if that's more integrated with all the other systems in the car, there's added complexity and opportunity for faults. But it sounded like the problems were isolated to infotainment interface type issues, thankfully. Unfortunately we already see that people will conflate the two through false causation, which will undermine the public's faith in EVs.