This is the future as designed by Google and Uber . . .
Folks do not realize exactly who the players are that are quietly creating the future of automobiles and transportation for us, regardless our opinion. Google is actually the “beast” in this situation. People believe Google to be the wearer of a white hat with intent to do good for the people of the world, but do not consider even for a moment that Google cares about anybody but their share holders.
It has been known for quite a long time that Google is a major investor to Uber, the RideShare Smart Phone Application company that has forced it’s way into every major city almost world-wide. You do not even need to seek the writing on the wall to see that Uber is Google’s front man for a future of robotic vehicles taking over the Taxi-Cab type transportation in our major cities. Even now Uber toys with reducing the costs to Riders to such a degree that their drivers are suffering significant loss of income while Uber tries to corner the market on ridership over the other rideshare and Taxi companies. In their plot to take over the world, at least Google tries to make their employees feel special by giving them a good income and more perks than they can use. Uber uses Independent Contractor Drivers and cares not about them, as they know the future will eliminate human drivers anyway.
A lot of people will lose their jobs when the “driver-less” car of the future is put into service. Neither Google or Uber are concerned with this and it’s impact upon the many people that will be effected. But, such a move will also create a new demand for technicians and support personnel to maintain the system and customer support. As with all things “computing” a whole bunch of technical issues will come to the surface requiring the demand for manpower to resolve the issues. Google and Uber will then realize the cost to employ as many technicians as are current drivers will make the costs far higher than they are presently with human drivers. Today, airliners pretty much fly themselves . . . until their computer crashes. But, they keep pilots on board to respond to such emergency. Just wait until the first Google Car computer crash leaves somebody out on a busy freeway waiting for someone to come fix or drive it while all the other Google Cars are in gridlock because of it. That should be real fun for all concerned. Wait, how does a cop pull over a robot car? I can think of a whole bunch of reasons police may want to stop a robot car.
This situation is not necessarily bad as in many major cities use of a personal auto is less desirable than use of other services. In most major cities the lack of adequate parking, heavy traffic, and time constraints of the people preclude use of a personal automobile anyway. Alternative vehicles such as bicycles, scooters, and shared autos are becoming popular in many cities allowing the person a way to get around the city without using or owning a personal automobile. Most people still use Taxi and/or RideShare services to get around the City as necessary and public transportation like buses, trolleys, and similar facilitate other users. Anything that reduces the amount of autos entering most major cities has got to be beneficial to that city. Google and Uber are smart in this regard. While the Taxi Industry points out that the increase of vehicles used for RideShare brings a large quantity of new autos into their city, it is likely each rideshare vehicle reduces the incoming auto amount by possibly 4 autos per day. This figure is likely much higher but it is unknown if statistical information has been compiled that demonstrates the information.
The future takeover by the robot cars is going to happen, by how much and where to be determined at a later date. In the interim Google and Uber plot how they will make their millions without concern for their fellow man unless he a stock holder. Regardless, Uber, Lyft, SideCar, and others provide a much needed service in many major cities world-wide. They provide these services exceptionally better than their Taxi-Cab competitors, for a lower price, and a lot more friendly. RideShare Services are here to stay, even when the robot cars come to be