Originally Posted by dense
No, of course not, it is just a personal opinion, but do you yourself have a better explanation as to why auto manufacturers with no expertise in self driving software development are spending billions on driverless technology that nobody outside of Silicon Valley is looking for?
Share it if you do?
It's no wonder that people if asked today, don't want self-driving cars, because they don't exist yet and people haven't experienced them. If you go by your logic, we wouldn't have mobile phones, because if you asked people if they want one back in the 80s or early 90, few would have said they want one, yet today, everyone has one. The same will happen to self-driving cars. Once they go past the early adopters and people see the big advantages, no one wants to be driving themselves anymore.
As to traditional car companies, they don't really want them, as you can see that serious development and actually selling has only taken off in the last few years, after non-car companies have started developing cars.
For a traditional car company, electric and self-driving cars are a bad thing, they have to invest heavily, to develop the new technology, rather than just updating existing technology and raising the prices. They will also earn less from replacement parts and have to give their authorised garages more of a share in the sale price, to compensate for the reduction in maintenance income, as an electric motor needs less maintenance than an ICE.
Add to this, that a move to a more car sharing model would also mean a drop in sales numbers, as you need fewer cars.
All this means that traditional car manufacturers don't really want a self-driving car, but are forced by the likes of Tesla or Google, to not being made totally redundant.