Driverless Cars and Automotive Industry Consolidation

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2Q 2014 | IN-1019498

The Ramifications of Self-driving Cars for Vehicle Ownership

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While most of the initiatives on autonomous vehicles so far have been focused on “co-pilot” type approaches with the driver still present and ready to take back control when required, Google’s recent announcement about testing driverless cars is upping the ante as fully robotic cars offer advantages and benefits far beyond merely increasing safety, as described in the ABI Research analysis Autonomous Vehicles (AN-1486).

One of the main disruptive effects of driverless cars will be the huge increase of car sharing, with far-reaching, fundamental effects on car ownership and the way transportation is used. The possibility to remotely call driverless cars will dramatically increase the convenience and usefulness of car sharing because users no longer will have to first travel to places where they can pick up a shared...

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