University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute did research based on 2009 driving data. They found that…wait for it…self driving cars will cut car ownership in half!
Now if you live in Houston, TX – or have a family..this seems crazy!
How will you live without 2 cars? Well, the data showed that 88% of families/car owners used only one car at a time i.e. there wasn’t a conflict between their car usage.
So, essentially the report is suggesting this:
The car would drive one person to work, school, etc. Then the car would automatically drive back home and pick up the other person to go to their destination.
Now, I’m telling you – if I lived in Houston with my family – there is no way that this would work. It takes the average person over an hour to get to work because of the distance and drive times. So, 2 hours total. If the one person leaves at 7 the car would get back home at 9. If the other spouse needs to take kids to school or work then they would definitely be late!
So – this again proves that there is a massive difference in car usage across the nation. In major metropolitan areas like Chicago, LA, San Francisco, NY, etc there is definitely the possibility of wide scale adoption of self driving cars. But, there’s still the majority of America that has rural or suburban households that could not operate in this manner.
The concept is definitely intriguing, but whether or not it will work for the majority of America or even major cities like Houston that are wide area locations will be seen.
“U.S. history shows that anytime you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live farther from things,” Toyota scientist Ken Laberteaux told Bloomberg News last year.
This reiterates the point that if self-driving cars are a reality then what has happened in Texas will possibly grow all over the Nation – even in cities with huge cost of living expenses such as Chicago.