“The takeoff point is the robo-taxi.”

Peak Automobile

#Driving

Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bloomberg Businessweek notes that we are not too far from reaching peak car, that moment when owning a vehicle is no longer financially appealing, and mobility services will take off. The tipping point will be when robo-taxis become functional, financially feasible, and safe.

The tipping point worldwide will come at the end of the next decade, when self-driving cars start gaining traction, predicts Mark Wakefield, head of the automotive practice at consultant AlixPartners. Replacing a taxi driver with a robot cuts 60 percent from a ride’s cost, making travel in a driverless cab much cheaper than driving your own car. “The takeoff point is the robo-taxi,” Wakefield says. “By 2030 we have a pretty substantial amount of sales volume coming out [of vehicle sales] because of that.”

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