Lyft Rides To Be Driverless In 5 years

Robots are getting more adept, drones are delivering your Amazon purchases, and now companies like Uber and Lyft are using driverless cars! Welcome to the future, ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be an awesome ride!

 

You might be thinking, “Hey! I took a Lyft just last week and there was definitely a human driver sitting in the driver’s seat! What gives?” Lyft president John Zimmer thinks that driverless vehicles will comprise the majority of his company’s cars in just five years time! He also thinks that car ownership by the average individual will cease being the norm in a mere nine years. Why is he predicting the big change?

One estimate shows cars costing their owners an average of $9,000 a year in various expenses including parking fees, insurance, and repairs. Zimmer thinks that ride-sharing is quickly becoming an alternative to the traditional practice of owning an individual car.

He said, “The car has actually become more like a $9,000 ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life… The age of young people with driver’s licenses has been steadily decreasing ever since right around when I was born. All told, a millennial today is 30% less likely to buy a car than someone from the previous generation.”

If Zimmer is right, it could mean a solution to many of the problems of modern urban living including lack of parking, traffic congestion, and cost of living. However, not everyone agrees with his rosy prediction.

Professor Timothy Carone of Notre Dame thinks his timescale might be too short. And, he also predicts that driverless cars will have the ability to be driven remotely, should the need arrive, which sounds equally space-agey and cool to us!