Most of us know there is often a chasm that exists between theory and reality. Many companies expect to make a lot of money from ride hailing and ride sharing services in the future. Legacy automakers are tripping all over themselves to get into the self driving car business so they can cash in on the next boom market. But what no one seems to be taking into consideration is the cost of cleaning all those vehicles after the trip is over.
If you see a newspaper fluttering across your lawn, you pick it up because it is on your property. If you see a newspaper fluttering across a public park, you watch is go by and move on. That’s just human nature. One of the great criticism of communism is that everybody’s property is nobody’s property and becomes neglected. A self driving car that belongs to no one will suffer the same lack of care.