[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
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.
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