Michigan Auto Exec Talks About Future of Robot Cars
It's no secret that the Michigan auto industry is gearing up for a world full of self-driving vehicles. GM, Ford and the Waymo/Google/Chrysler group are all spending billions to get autonomous vehicles on the road in a real way.
So, what's the latest news?
Will self-driving cars ruin auto sales because demand for new cars will drop? According to Business Times, Ford Autonomous Vehicles operations chief John Rich sat down with the U.K.'s The Telegraph (dear Telegraph - love you, not your paywall). Rich says we're going to be using self-driving cars so much, we'll be wearing them out in four years, saying, "The thing that worries me least in this world is decreasing demand for cars. We will exhaust and crush a car every four years in this business."
Rich goes on to say these cars will be so efficient, you'll be able to drive down the cost of transporting people around, making travel by car affordable for everyone. So, if you're tired of standing at bus stops in the snow - hang on - the robot cars are coming to save you.