Driverless cars could save families £3,000 a year
If you have one small family car doing 8,000 miles a year, your motoring costs will be around £3,400. When driverless cars become the norm, that could fall to a tiny £350 a year. So says a new study by Vendigital, and I'm eager to believe it.
How is this true, Honor?
For a start, actually owning a car yourself will become very passé. Fans of the idea reckon it will be so easy to skip out of your door and get in a top-notch, no-hassle driverless car that lets you read your book or catch up on your space station stock interests that you'll come to think of owning a car as a bit silly.
Think of how many people in major cities wouldn't dream of owning a car now Uber is everywhere. No worrying about parking, no insurance and no maintenance.
That said, car maintenance is another perk of so-called driverless cars that people don't focus on so much. A car clever enough to pilot itself is also going to be clever enough to know when something's about to go wrong or need replacing - and could even adjust how it drives until you can get the issue fixed.
That's going to make maintenance way less bother and also cheaper, because you'll be notified in time to get small problems sorted before they become big, expensive problems.
It's not just money - it's time
The major saving that I care about is time. I spend around 2 hours a day in the car. Before I passed my driving test, I spent those hours reading, on the train. As a writer, that reading is fairly essential - but now I have to fit it into 20-minute snatches here and there.
It would majorly improve my lifestyle to get those 2 hours back. 2 whole hours! That's real riches, my friends. I find mysef drifting into little daydreams about sitting with my feet up, nose buried in a book while my car glides forth, cleverer and safer than I could ever be.