Most Americans think autonomous cars will be quite common within 15 years, though 74 percent of people say they don’t expect to have one and two-thirds say they wouldn’t want to walk or ride a bicycle anywhere near one.
Confusing? That’s in part because the results come from three different recent surveys on Americans’ attitudes toward autonomous cars.
Taken together, however, they underscore widespread misgivings about the autonomous vehicles that people expect will be among them shortly, the challenge that automakers face in marketing them, and a need for safety reassurances from federal regulators.
Most Americans — 70 percent, according to an HNTB survey being released Monday — have softened to the idea that driverless cars factor in their future, whether they plan to ride in one or not.
As driverless cars and shuttles become commonplace, they could reduce the need for bulk parking at commercial developments, thus paving the way for greater density and a more profitable use of land, Phillips Edison & Co. CEO Jeff Edison told the Wall Street Journal.
Driverless ride-hailing services are available for some across the United States, and consumers will see those services grow throughout this year, Lyft Chief Strategy Officer Raj Kapoor told CNBC on Wednesday.
Kapoor, whose company ranks No. 5 on CNBC’s sixth annual Disruptor 50 list, said the use of self-driving vehicles in the United States will be a “slow and gradual roll-out,” but “it has begun.”
“Today you go into Las Vegas and you can get an autonomous Lyft with a safety driver that will take you from hotel to hotel,” Kapoor said in a “Squawk Box” interview. “You will see the roll-out begin as of 2018.”
For most of the last century, the automotive industry has focused on developing more powerful, comfortable and fuel-efficient vehicles for drivers. But over the past decade, automakers have begun asking a much more exciting question: What if we didn’t need a driver at all?
Whether it is scary or exciting to you, the transportation revolution has begun! Driverless cars are on the horizon, and the implications of this technology will greatly impact just about every industry you can think of, including real estate. As a broker in Los Angeles, which is home to the world’s worst traffic congestion, it’s my business to think about how driverless cars will affect my clients — and real estate at large.
The transportation revolution will affect the housing market in five surprising ways:
This could be the taxi of the future. The EZ-GO is a concept by Renault. It’s a fully autonomous ride-hailing service. It doesn’t require a driver to be present. And if necessary, it could be controlled remotely.