I’ve been saying this for years and now someone else has piped up and provided a good article on why driverless technology will save us from loopy rail projects and stupid cycleways.
Debate over the past two years has argued cycleways are either a good solution to traffic woes or an over-hyped solution put forward by self-interested industry groups and a left-leaning local politics environment.
The reality is that cycleways are going to vanish as is a lot of industry, as autonomous vehicles take over.
In 2010, Uber launched. It connected drivers with riders. Over the past few years Uber has been more commonly thought of as a taxi service but it is not. It’s a lot better and a lot safer.
In 2015, nearly half of all “taxi” rides in the US were Uber-driven. Uber is valued at about $50 billion, half the value of all the global taxi companies.
That new model is already “disrupting” and is set to “super-disrupt” as autonomous vehicles appear.
It’s long been known Google has a stake in Uber and that the end goal of Uber is to go driverless.
In July 2015, Uber preordered 500,000 vehicles from Tesla.