Will car-sharing and self-driving vehicles hurt future car sales? Not necessarily, says Jeff Schuster, senior vice president at LMC Automotive.
Schuster points out that robotic fleets will use cars more efficiently, and that means wearing out vehicles more quickly. And automated shuttles will need backups as they’re taken off the road for cleaning and maintenance.
He also notes that autonomous cars will increase overall miles traveled by giving elderly and incapacitated people a new way to maintain their mobility. Tomorrow’s robotic cars also could even be sent on driverless errands—by delivering children to school, for example—while you're using another self-driving vehicle.
Bob Lutz says that a few years ago, his partner Gilbert Villarreal was interested in the Fisker Karma but not particularly taken with the hybrid powertrain.
Electric vehicles will account for more than 20% of vehicle miles driven worldwide by 2030 compared with less than 1% today, predicts a report by London-based ABI Research.
If we go back to the Mercedes A-Class of 2008, we find this: That vehicle looks more utilitarian than Mercedesian.