Llessur2002 wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:20 am
ChillyPhilly wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:46 am
Call me daft, but somehow I just can't see driverless cars being a big thing for many decades yet.
But nor will an extensive freeway network. So is it even feasible to build such a network in the amount of time it would take automation to potentially deem it unnecessary?
You keep saying things like this. But you don't give any explanation how driverless cars will remove the necessity of having motorways.
Will driverless cars make you get somewhere faster if the road network is still as shit as it was before driverless cars?
And other things to consider..
Whose going to pay for the infrastructure to support driverless cars, which will not use combustion engines?...is the consumer going to have to pay to retrofit equipment in their garage/carport?
Is it going to come with the equipment as standard and a tech will come out and install it with delivery of your car as part of a package price? Will petrol stations be converted to charging stations or will most go out of business, since you'll be charging your car at home?
With a decline in fuel sales, there will be a decline in refineries. More job losses. What happens to the Defence Force? Will all their vehicles be retrofitted? Will they all be replaced? So defence spending will go up, while tax receipts will go down as more people will be out of work and there'll be less tax receipts from the fuel tax collected from petrol stations. Not to mention driverless trucks..that means even less people employed which means even less tax revenue for governments, and even state governments with less revenue from licensing and other things.
Think drivers wont be replaced? Look at some of the mines in WA who are using GPS guided trucks. No drivers. They instead have a much smaller team in a control room monitoring the trucks.
There's a lot to be considered, and a lot of changes required. These things wont happen in a few short years.
Yeh the technology exists, it's being improved and prepared for mainstream use. That doesn't mean it's on our doorstep. Can everyone with a car especially in this state afford to go out and buy one of these new, expensive non-combustion engined driverless cars when they come out? Most cant afford a new hybrid vehicle today, nor will they be able to afford a driverless car as soon as they come out or even within a few years.
The reality is, we are decades away from driverless cars being the norm.
And another thing that needs to be considered is insurance. Is insurance going to cover your car in the event of an accident? What if the accident is caused by your vehicles software malfunctioning? Whose going to pay? Look at your "smart" phone...how many problems exist on them and security issues particularly...
Like I said, just because the technology is maturing, doesn't mean it's going to become the norm on our roads any time soon. We will all be old men, or most of you long dead from old age, before it is anything like being the norm. A good example is hybrids...they have been around for quite a while now. How many are there on the roads? Not that many, far from being the norm.