The rise in self-driving cars could disrupt municipal budgets, put people out of work, and destroy the car insurance industry?
Those are some of the theories advanced in this thought-provoking article from the New York Times' Nick Bilton.
- Thousands of parking tickets each day might be eliminated by cars too smart to sit still for the meter maid. That would cost local cities millions, maybe even billions, in revenues annually.
- Truck, bus, delivery, and taxi driving jobs could be eliminated by cars and trucks that drive themselves.
- And, of course, if the 93% of traffic accidents caused by driver error are eliminated, we can say good bye to car insurance, too. (Hooray!)
What do you think of these visions of our robocar future?