Only 9,000 unmanned vehicles are enough to replace all taxis in New York. In this case, passengers will wait for the car for about 36 seconds and pay only $ 0.5 per mile (1.6 kilometers), researchers at Columbia University calculated.
Buying a car in some cities of the world is already unprofitable. Consumer habits are changing right before our eyes: citizens all over the world refuse personal transport. The number of American teenagers who seek to get a driver's license at 16 years old has been declining for years. Anti-record was set in 2014, when only 1.08 million 16-year-olds received rights in the United States. It was the lowest since 1960. For example, in 2009, 1.72 million adolescents received rights.
Other auto giants are looking at the car sharing model. General Motors has invested $ 500 million in service Lyft, a competitor to Uber. They believe that they will be able to find an intermediate option for consumers who do not want to spend money on the maintenance of the car, but they are not ready to abandon it altogether - this is the service of weekly car rental, which is already launched in San Francisco. Toyota Motor Corp. invested in Uber itself, the Volkswagen Group invested $ 300 million in Gett, and BMW in the American company Scoop Technologies, which provides corporate transportation services.