[FoRK] Your prediction, please

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at barrera.org
Sun Jun 23 14:42:38 PDT 2013


One possible market: upper middle class folks who don't want to use 
public transportation, who want privacy and the ability to get work done 
while commuting, and yet who cannot afford a chauffeur. Replace the 
dashboard with a desk and monitors. Or have the front row of seats 
facing backwards, facing the back row of seats, like the back section of 
a limousine -- something like

http://photo.netcarshow.com/Mercedes-Benz-S-Class_Pullman_Limousine_W220_2001_photo_05.jpg

but with no driver's section.

Alternatively: upper middle class folks who have had their license 
revoked due to speeding or drunk driving.

The money in these markets could help push both production of the 
vehicles, and the laws to make them legal.

Once the laws are in place and production cost drops, then the *bottom* 
end of the self-driving car market may omit the steering wheel and other 
controls just to cut costs.

- Joe



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