This is a short message to consider raising a policy related to driverless autos.
Split into public usage/taxis and general light usage to heavy usage from trucks and semis.
Some points to consider:
The state and federal support would be required to own and operate the cars regardless to the ramifications to other sectors.
Raised support for publicly owned fleets as private ownership decreases. vs fleets owned by uber. Government owned public transport fleet of cars.
Ability to create auto-minibuses… if 10 people travel the same path at the same time, carpool as a group automatically - opportunities for growth.
Privacy factors: does hiring a taxi auto for short trips decrease your privacy compared to taxis now or even ownership of your own car? Logging of when/where/how often you use the autotaxi could be trouble if there are not strict personal privacy considerations from the beginning.
Analytical data from the car is expected to be used to coordinate the traffic, but personal information of who is inside the car needs to be considered irreverent.
Safety factors: driverless cars would drop the road fatalities from the 1100~ we’re sitting on now to nearly zero.
Cars would automatically speed up/slow down based on the congestion and environment factors…
No personal use of car parking lots in cities.
Fine based revenue: Zero Speeding fines/packing fines/drink driving offenses.
Right of way for emergency vehicles: automatically forcing cars in the path to allow for faster direct routes to hospitals. Saving lifes.
Increase mobility for people with physical limitations.
Increased mobility for people without licences. Increased ability to work onsite/offsite.
Massive decrease in personal car ownership. Due to continuous usage, the total number of cars would drop 20%~?
Considerations for insurance/crash repair/maintenance and cleaning.
Considerations for car sharing. if I could throw in $2000 a year and buy 1/20th of a car in a fleet of cars.
No more street directories or getting lost. No more backseat drivers.
Long term mass transit public transport is still likely to be better and more efficient, but a fleet of shared cars at the train station to take people to their precise destinations.
Massive increase in safety for people on bikes… cars would open doors on the passenger side to the street. No more injuries from driver-side doors.
Increased convinces based on need - press for 1 person car, press for 8 personal minivan, press for moving truck, press for trailer, press for X.
Considerations to job losses from transport sector alone.
Loss of jobs due to massive decrease in production and maintenance of cars.
Loss of jobs driving taxis, semis, trucks.
Loss of jobs in servos, crash repair for small dings, customization of cars (no more butterfly carseat covers).
Loss of jobs in insurance.
Loss of direct revenue and taxes from personal drivers/increase in taxes from the owner of the autos profits.