autonomous cars

Forget bikes; driverless vehicles are our saviour

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.

Ian Apperly writes at NBR:

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.

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NZIER slams public transport, says to embrace autonomous technologies

The NZIER has put out a report that slams public transport.

The report is gold! It is an absolute slating of PT stating that motorcar technology will ensure such high efficiencies that it is a sure bet that cars will dominate.

Once again some sensible people can see that Len Brown’s fascination with rail would probably best be met by buying him a Thomas the Tank engine set.

New transport technologies are transforming how we commute; creating major opportunities and risks to New Zealand’s infrastructure investment says a report just released by NZIER.

New technologies include crash avoidance systems that make travel safer, car sensors that in the future will smooth traffic flows to ease congestion, and apps that help people share car commuting costs instead of taking public transport. Hybrid plug-in vehicles that cost as little as a $1 a day to run and falling oil prices are also dramatically reducing the cost of car travel.

“These new technologies are already here in new car markets and on our smart phones making car commutes safer, cheaper and more comfortable” said Nick Allison, Principal Economist at NZIER.

“Consumers win from these disruptive technologies but the pace of change presents major headaches for government. As electric and hybrid vehicles become more common, less petrol will be used. Therefore, government challenges include safeguarding fuel excise revenue that funds transport infrastructure and charging road users fairly and efficiently.”    Read more »