The most compelling reason for the mass adoption of driverless cars is economics, be it personal, business or Government. It’s that simple.
Unlike many other technology must-haves, the benefits are tangible and don’t solely rely on the elusive “productivity benefits”, although these are part of the overall benefits case.
Let’s look just at personal economics.
A recent WEF study “How will ‘robo-taxis’ change the transport industry? estimated that in New York City, the cost of 1 passenger mile in a ‘robo-taxi’ would be 35% less than by conventional taxi. The cost comparison supports the case for replacing conventional taxi fleets with ‘robo-taxis’.
So, why would you own you own a car, if there was a safer, more efficient, less costly option immediately available?