Saturday, February 04, 2017

The quintessential American dream - car ownership - is taking its last breaths

Futurist Thomas Frey believes that driver-less cars will be a major disruptive force on a variety of jobs.

For example, airports won't be able to make money from parking fees and taxi contracts, because eventually, most people will just hire a car to the airport. This will also affect the taxi, rental car, shuttle bus, and limo services.

But the effects reach even farther than we imagine. Without human drivers, insurance becomes an unlikely necessity, as do traffic cops, meter maids, driving schools, etc.

Cars slowly evolve from 'just in case' ownership to 'just in time' hire. Since most of these cars will be electric, most maintenance jobs will disappear. Goodbye Jiffy Lube. Goodbye emissions test garages.

But that's the tip of the iceberg. Read about the 128 things that will reduce or disappear in the complete article here.

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