cause everyone is just going to cycle and walk everywhere in your fantasy future right?
red_switch, knows more about autonomous vehicles than elon musk.
Elon Musk is hedging his bets, actually, not even that. Most of his eggs are in mass transit.
Why not walk/cycle most places if you can? If most of your existence is urban, I recommend it personally.
We have a love affair with vehicles, and the supposed independence they grant us. We are going to have to get over that.
BTW, I think autonomous vehicles are great, but they are not a silver bullet for transportation issues. They certainly won't solve the problems that a city like Auckland faces (which is imposed largely by geography). And they certainly aren't a complete replacement for public transport (which is how many of their backers are billing them) - they simply aren't an efficient solution to that (which is why Musk has got such a hard on for his hyper loop). They probably will make our roads safer, eventually. They'll probably reduce the need to personally own a vehicle, without losing the "independence" that that grants.
Autonomous vehicles have been Google's major ambition for a long, long time now. That has been the main motivator for most of their geospatial work (i.e. Google Maps/Google Earth).
Anyway, who is Musk again? Another guy who we should supposedly pay attention to because he made a fuckton of money through (often dubious) business practice? Isn't that the same reason we are repeatedly told John Key is worth paying attention to? Most of his "ideas" now are not his ideas at all. He just leverages the shitty reality of IP law in the commercial world to take credit for the work of those who work for him (incidentally, staff turnover in most of his organisations is high). He's made a lot of money, so he has a lot of money to throw at problems. Sounds good on the surface, I agree. But he's in it for the money, not to make the world a better place. Just another fuckwit .com empire builder.
Just because every second business reporter at Bloomberg is head over heels for these guys doesn't mean they should be elevated to status of worship, or free from scrutiny (though they do a pretty good job of ensuring both).