CES 2014: 2 tech trends dominating the car world
Photo: John F. Martin, John F. Martin for Chevrolet
— By Kirsten Korosec on January 7, 2014, 10:52 AM PST
What you all miss: all this technology gives "authorities" to deny you the trip you desire, or to force you somewhere you don't necessarily want to go.
"smart planet," clueless idiot inhabitants
I'm confused by the statement that OnStar will allow "passengers...to connect their smartphones, laptops and tablets to high-speed Internet without burning through their data plans." That makes it sound like OnStar won't have a data plan. But then later you mention "OnStar 4G LTE hardware and data plans for an additional charge." What would be the advantage to save on your phone data plan if instead you're just "burning through" your OnStar data plan?
Driverless vehicles are what neither media and apparently the auto industry doesn't get (along with countless other things that can't be explained with a Tweet) - the demographics that would justify and pay for a personal driverless vehicle (PDV) markets. While driverless shuttles with comfortable passenger space will compete to some extent with subways - it also competes with the economics of owning a personal commuting shuttle - delaying the wide use of both.
As for most other
people/non-commuters - a trip of more 3-5 hours is flown and not driven. Most of us
only make a few of those a year, not nearly enough to justify a PDV
economically (excluding tech/gadget junkies/iPhone newest version crowd). Americans in particular are driving significantly less
miles each year and that trend isn't anywhere near it's end. Incompetent management (i.e. Marissa Mayer/Yahoo) may prolong the need
for useless commuting so management can continue to parasitize their worker hosts' new ideas and productivity - to justify their existence, but even
that will eventually die out. Basically, the economics of PDVs are not compelling enough to drive a major movement and or a rapid transition to PDVs. PDVs are more or less a solution looking for a problem that exists marginally - if at all - economically. Great simple minded media fodder, but no traction in reality.
Driverless autos with built in entertainment (internet) centers, think of the possibilities.
- Think of new meanings for words Motel or Mobile home, Home delivery, Homeless, Retirement, Vacation
- Think: tourist caravans.
- Think: mobile fast food (food trucks?).
- Think: schools / field trips across the continent.
- Think: gas stations, car washes, parking lots, self-storage, air/heat/sound pollution, traffic jams, highway system/use.
- Think political and government systems: voting, utilities, taxes, infrastructure, law enforcement, medicine.
All of this, and much more is just for starters.
While I doubt that a vast majority of families will be fully emerged in this (new/old) life-style, this population
subgroup may become significant. Is the culture/society ready for this disruption/innovation? What
do you think / what do you see from history?
@just.a.guyWith driverless cars, I see a society with no need to have their own cars. Therefore, the car companies won't be making them. The car companies might not see now why people won't be buying cars, but they will.
Think of taxis, with no drivers, and then think of people calling for one to arrive at their front doors, and to then take them to their destinations. That would also do away with cab drivers and limousine drivers and valet parking, and even garages/parking lots. There will be major benefits elsewhere, like no need to purchase insurance or have a home with one/two car garages, and no need for highway patrol chasing down speeders and other traffic violators. The government won't be getting as much from fuel taxes, and from license plates.
When a person can have a vehicle at his disposal via phone or text or internet, then, why would a person even think of owning one? No more $30,000-$100,000 price tags to worry about, and no more maintenance costs, and no more car insurance to worry about, and no more worrying about parking, and no more worrying about traffic violations, and no more worrying about accidents, etc. The winners would be the car leasing/rental agencies, or even the automakers, since they could decide to keep the leasing/rental fleets to themselves.
Hmmm.... the driverless car begins to sound so very enticing, once one starts to look at the many advantages, including not having to drive them and not having all the associated costs that come with them. The economy could take major hits, and many millions of jobs could be lost, but, it would become a society with a lot less worries.