Good Morning deep thinkers!
About the only MSM TV Cable News I watch is CNBC. Yea, boring, right? Stock Markets, Financial Markets, Bond Markets and all the news and commentary
that goes along with them. But....that's pretty much my hobby and has been since, dare I say it, 1970!
Big story today is about Mark Fields, the CEO of Ford being canned. They interviewed an analyst, CEO of www.recode.net...
and she made some really shocking statements to the effect that the reason he was fired was because he couldn't articulate a meaningful strategy for
Ford going forward with the Autonomous Vehicle technology. The then went on to say that many car companies, like Tesla, Mercedes and BMW are TODAY
knee deep in developing AV Technology whereas Ford and GM have barely dipped their toes in the water on that development. She then stunned the
interviewer by saying, in essence, that AV Technology is the future and any car company NOT already knee deep in it won't be part of that future. (a
painting fell off the wall at the Ford HQ Board Room).
I did a double take on that one! And then I started asking myself............WHY?!? To me, the casual observer, its weird and stupid and really
weird........I mean, really? Is anyone really going to shell out money for a totally autonomous driving vehicle? I mean....they're talking here
about cars without steering wheels! A "good", (not great) Toyota automobile today can be had for around about $15,000.00 (Corolla). I've owned
one, they're great on gas, quick, easy to drive AND HAVE A STEERING WHEEL! At first issue, an Autonomous Tesla is going to cost at minimum
$30,000.00! Why this horrible push for this AV technology? It honestly makes no sense to me.
So..........I did a Google search on "why autonomous vehicles" and there were a smattering of offerings of articles somewhat addressing the issue.
The main case for this tech is 1) safety and 2) enhanced mobility in city driving. BUT, big caveat here, they're talking mostly about autonomous
Uber and Lyft vehicles with the ride share thing.....not about Joe Blow in his autonomous capable BMW or Tesla. AND, they're talking the point that
the AV cars will come into their own when that is married with all Electric vehicles, i.e. range limit of about 200 miles at best.
Again I ask.........who's gonna buy this stuff? Taxi companies like Uber and Lyft?
I did find this article, which I hesitate to post because it might out me as a curmudgeon, but it was written by something of a youngster. See:
His six reasons why this will be awful as a development include: 1) "Autonomous cars will make driving yourself illegal", (its all about the
children); 2) "Autonomous cars will cripple small-town Americana", possibly, but of course, that's probably every Leftists wet dream anyway; 3)
"Your privacy? Forget about it"' and my favorite, 4) "They will determine your ethics for you"! What this means, really, is that the AV cars
will all heel to the speed limits and safe distances, which means that merging out of a lane to the exit lane will be near impossible, or will cause
all the AV cars you merge with to automatically slow down to add distance. (Actually I can see a lot of funnly havoc with this one).
So I ask..............ATS, You chomping at the bit to get an Autonomous Driving Vehicle? If so..........WHY!