“It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era.”

Former vice chairman of General Motors predicts the end of human-driven vehicles

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Sat, Nov 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In an article written for Automotive News, former vice chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz predicts the end of the automotive industry in the next five years. Car manufacturers will simply be making autonomous self-driving modules for operators, who in turn will provide "transportation as a service" to the general public. Nobody will actually own a car anymore.

“It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era,” he writes this month for Automotive News. Our daily travel, he predicts, will migrate to standardized passenger modules as the demolition of the traditional auto industry accelerates. Within five years, he expects, people will start selling their cars for scrap or trade them in for autonomous passenger modules as self-driving cars take over transportation. Within 20 years, human-driven vehicles will be legislated off highways. Companies like Lyft, Uber, Google, and other technology companies will take charge of an industry now centered in Detroit, Germany, and Japan.

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