Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG


Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG
Will driverless cars mean fewer car owners?
Return to Blog 

I heard an interesting argument this week which contemplated the future of car ownership. Currently many households in Canada own two cars which both sit idle for most of the day in separate locations. We use them to get to work/school, then home form same, and perhaps to run a few errands in the evenings but the actual number of hours that they are driven is quite low.

The argument of fewer cars and lower car ownership went something like this p driverless cars are not limited – they can make endless trips all day serving the same family or several families. The same single car could take you to work, then your spouse who starts later, then your neighbour to the dentist then pick up your spouse and take her to the dentist, then the kids from school then you from work, and so on, and so on… I imagine that we would buy something akin to a timeshare in a car and pay the associated costs proportionally to the use we gain. We may be part of a fleet of cars that service a large group of people. Expert Stefan Burstaller calls this “consuming mobility services”.

Estimates indicate that there may be an increase for demand of self-driving cars by 40% in the next 25 years. The costs for these services would be a fraction of what is associated today with car ownership or even taxi use as there isn’t a driver to pay. Currently the average cost of owning and operating a car works out to about 46-66 cents/ km depending on the car driven. They estimate that a self-driving car would cost about 9-11 cents per km depending on if you are willing to share the ride.

The car market and related industries like taxis are about to be disrupted in a massive way. We will have to consider the ramifications of these shifts to our manufacturing and services industries. GM recently announced that it is investing $500 Million US in Lyft a large ride sharing service. The two companies announced that they are working towards developing a fleet of self driving cars and in the meantime GM would be the preferred provider of cars to Lyft to rent.

Although driverless car adoption will be slow there is a strong argument that about ½ the cars on the road will be driverless in North America in 100 years. This will be a slow but significant shift. We have some time to work out the best legislative frameworks for us all.

Posted on Monday, Jan 18, 2016 - 01:34:00 PM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

    <<     September  2020     >>   
S M Tu W Th F S
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      
Jump to:

Article Categories
Disability Law
Car Insurance
Law Enforcement
Personal Injury Law

Recent Articles
Drug Impaired Driving
Auto insurance deductibles unfair to seniors, homemakers, children and the disabled.
Should We Name and Shame Impaired Drivers?
Brain Injury and Psychiatric Illness
Women and Concussion
Feds Pushing Provinces to Stiffen Distracted Driving Laws
Government Proposing Tax on Employer Health Benefits
NFL Settles $30 Million CTE Lawsuit
Undiagnosed Concussions Common Following Car Accidents
Stunt Driving - What it is, What it will cost you
Construction Season Ramping Up, Again
Lawyer Fees
TBI Diagnosis with A Microwave Helmet
Are Ride Hailing Apps Reducing Drunk Driving Rates?
Using Microwaves to Catch Post TBI Brain Bleeds
Outdoor Adventures Aren't Without Dangers
Who has the right of way in designated cyclist lanes?
Are Young Athletes Really Ready to Return to Play Post-Concussion?
Spit Test May Indicate Severity of Concussions in Children
Wildlife strikes can be deadly

Articles by Month of Posting
January 2018
January 2017
January 2016
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012