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What’s happening is the driverless technology has advanced further than predicted, with self-driving vehicles forecast to hit streets a few years sooner than anticipated. But adoption of it overall may take longer than projected, and the level of autonomy remains uncertain. The article discusses how limo operators should adjust to this reality--should it fully come about.
To assess all the media coverage, it helps to put things into an overall perspective. Right now, driverless technology news is driven by the golly-gee-whiz novelty approach of reporting without enough strong, skeptical questions.
The following articles prove the point:
• One report already predicts the loss of five million jobs and suggests the complete Level 5 (no human control) driverless cars are so inevitable it’s already time to start planning on how to tax, tax, tax all of us per-mile ridden. Talk about a premature, ridiculous 20th Century approach to an as-yet indeterminate 21st Century future. ARTICLE HERE
• An op-ed piece by none other than the president of Audi of America, a pioneer in driverless car testing, warns of the growing hype: “Recklessly introducing the future risks losing the most critical component of the equation: the consumer. Hype will only set false expectations with an undecided public.” ARTICLE HERE.
• A third article out this week surveys the consumer, not the tech-experts, about driverless technology: An overwhelming majority, 80%, said humans should always have the option to drive themselves, while 64% expressed a need to be in control of their own vehicle. ARTICLE HERE
No matter how much driverless technology progresses, one rule remains: Adoption won’t be up to the tech experts. They may know how it works and offer all the enthusiasm, but the consumer will prevail. They either have to want it, or the techies and OEMs will have to find a way to make it an irresistable free choice.
As my October story hints, even in a best case speedy scenario, chauffeured transportation operators still have long-term opportunities:
With all this said, I for one am planning to buy my next car within a few years intending to drive it for years to come.
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