Won't car sales drop significantly when self-driving cars arrive? Why own a car when you can just book one each time you need to make a journey?
I think so, my personal view is that in general people have not thought about how big an impact truly autonomous transport will have on society. In reality, given the amount of time most cars spend stationary / parked most small towns like mine could probably manage 90% of everyones travel needs with a car pool of a tenth the number of cars currently here - probably much less.
I imagine a future in which the streets and town centres are not cluttered with peoples vehicles (they discreetly autonomously park somewhere else). It could give us so much time and space back, imagine not having to do the school run, watching TV on the way to work. I also think it obviously spells the end for all driving professions taxis, buses, deliveries. I also like the idea of sending your car to pick things up e.g. shopping, people, deliveries, take-aways.
It's going to be cool, and much safer, I think quickly it will become considered irrespponsible to drive your vehicle as it will be considered an "unsafe" thing to do....
I am lucky enough to own a Tesla Model S
a fully electric car with their much maligned AutoPilot functionality, from my perspective its easy to see how close we are to realising fully autonomous vehicles, bring it on .....
There are some aspects of the whole development which I think Apple would be fantastic at, software, HMI's, design but others I think they will struggle. Mind you, with less resources Tesla went from nothing to producing pretty nice cars in a very short space of time, so why not Apple?