Some news from Volvo prompts some DTW crystal ball gazing.
Volvo will be getting together with Chalmers University to research driverless cars and sustainable mobility. The ‘Drive Me’ project – a unique public pilot with ordinary drivers behind the steering wheels of 100 self-driving Volvos – has been joined by a new prominent Swedish partner: Chalmers University of Technology,” writes Volvo at their PR portal.
I happen to have a bit of an interest in this topic as I have recenly been involved in a sustainable transport-related project. The interesting possibility with a driverless car is that you can ask it to pootle around while you go off to a meeting. This saves looking for car parking. Driverless cars offer the possibility that you can have more cars driving than there are drivers driving. That means you can have one owner and as many driverless cars as he or she can maintain driving about.
Car rental firms might be in this category. Imagine if Sixt or Europcar have their forty cars at a given office on the move or re-parking themselves instead of taking up valuable space in parking lots.