Driverless Cars Would Reshape Automobiles *and* the Transit System
Joyce Park stashed this in Vehicles
If you had a driverless car on call, would you even need to own one? Maybe they would be like super Uber...
In the 3 years since you wrote this, it's amazing how many people no longer want to own a car.
The technology just needs to catch up with those people.
I want to live in this world:
Transportation-as-a-service models could really take off in a world of hyperoptimized robotaxis. Not only would the robotaxis be built differently from normal cars, but people's private vehicles (if they had one) would change as they realized how they could use the new system more effectively.
I love the concept of "Transportation-as-a-service" and I wonder if this will be huge for Uber in the future.
Range is much less important
Battery problems are considerably reduced
Refueling is not usually done while humans travel
Single passenger vehicles will be much more common
Reverse and face to face seating
Windshield requirements are different
Cargo space is not necessary in all vehicles
Acceleration is not a big requirement
Speed may not be that important
Cars may be much lighter
Suspensions can be super-soft
In time, safety concerns change considerably
The in-car environment changes considerably
Parking is not a problem for the humans (or society)
Many car owners may rent out their cars
This really could change society as we know it.