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Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably won’t own one
By Giles Parkinson on 9 May 2017
By 2030, you probably won’t own a car, but you may get a free trip with your morning coffee. Transport-As-A-Service will use only electric vehicles and will upend two trillion-dollar industries. It’s the death spiral for cars.
A major new report predicts that by 2030, the overwhelming majority of consumers will no longer own a car – instead they will use on-demand electric autonomous vehicles.
By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous electric vehicles (A-EVs), the report says, 95 per cent of all US passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand, autonomous, electric vehicles that will be owned by fleets rather than individuals.
The provision of this service may come virtually free as part of another offering, or a corporate sponsorship. Imagine, for instance, paying a token sum for a ride into town after buying a latte for $4.50. Or getting a free ride because the local government has decided to make transport easier.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
The moment I lose control over what I can click on next I will stop using the internet. If the Republicans have their way with net neutrality I will look for a new internet.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Electric cars are going to have to increase drastically in range for this to ever be practical.
We drive everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. Between husband and self, we spend no less than 4 hours in a car every day, and that's not counting small trips and driving to visit family or go on vacation.
If his corporate decided to offer a fleet as a perk ... maybe, but it would have to have a better range then ECs currently do.
And right now, visiting the family is one-tank trip round trip. Current ECs would make it a two-day, one-way trip because we'd have to recharge at least once on the way out.
originally posted by: Violater1
a reply to: 727Sky
I think the automotive industry will kill this. Just like J P Morgan killed Tesla's free energy.
It won"t be allowed to happen.
originally posted by: schuyler
This is just a liberal wet dream dreamed up by city dwellers who never leave the urban landscape and want everyone to take public transportation, live in cubicle apartments, and wear transponders so the government knows where we are all at any given time. No doubt there will be a huge move to electric or the non-fossil fuel cars. That's a no-brainer. But people are not going to give up the personal freedom of a personal means of transport under their control until you pry them from their cold dead fingers.