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Comment Re:Insurance Costs (Score 1) 252 252

I don't see how that precludes that average Joe from owning it. It only means that they'll be having it drive for Uber or some similar service while they're at work on not using it. Obviously not everyone will do that or even want to do that, but so long as it makes financial sense to do so, enough people will.

Why not do it like U-Haul, the trucks are owned by investors. They get a share of the profits from the rentals, minus the costs of repairs. At the end of its life the vehicle is sold and the investors get the profits from the sale. The investors get the pleasure of collecting profits from a vehicle that they own, even though they don't ever drive it.

Why are people attached to vehicles? When you are commuting to work, you can ride in a one passenger mini car. If you are going shopping, or a camping trip, you can get an SUV. I would rather have the freedom to choose an appropriate vehicle for my voyage.

Comment Re:So short sighted (Score 1) 252 252

You are aware that there are many hundreds of thousands of traffic cameras, and cameras attached to police cars in this country? it's almost impossible to drive for more than a few miles without showing up on one. If you see a police car on the road, it's looking at your license plate. If you drive onto a divided highway, for sure you're on camera, they put them on just about every on and off ramp. If you pay a toll, your license plate is recorded. If you park at a parking meter, your license plate is recorded.

Comment Re:Just What I've Always Wanted! (Score 1) 252 252

In many parts of the country, rust is what ends the life of a car. It doesn't really matter how much it is used, it will still rust away in your driveway. So in these parts of the country, it is best to extract as much use as you can from the car while you can.

Comment Re:"cheaper" is in the eye of the beholder (Score 1) 252 252

Also cheaper if it means waiting 15 minutes or learning a car isn't available when I want it? Time is money.

I have no doubt that you will be able to find someone who will take you where you are going without waiting 15 minutes if you throw enough money at them. Maybe there will be super-premium service where you can cut in line for an extra $50 or $500 or whatever fee if you are really desperate. Those who are paying less, will do so knowing that they are paying less because people like you will pay more.

Comment Re:Robo Cars Will be More Fuel Efficient (Score 1) 252 252

The fucking free market is a lie, which was my point.

Well, duh. We all know markets are fake. it's all in our collective heads, they don't really exist. But they do serve a purpose anyway. They don't have to be perfect to perform their function. Shovels and rakes do not have to be spotless and perfect to be useful. They can be old and beat and rusted and they still move dirt just fine. Markets move money for us, and they don't have to be perfect either. They just have to be good enough.

Comment Re:Easiest question all week. (Score 1) 252 252

plus cars are used for storage when running multiple errands, which will make renting them out while you are on errand A but the car still contains a bunch of stuff for errands C, D, and E. Cars are often treated like purses on wheels, and people don't rent out their purses.

This is a utility with a value. People can work out its value on their own for their particular situation and decide for themselves. If the car service is super cheap and owning your own car is super expensive, then more people will decide that it's not worth the expense.

Comment Re:When software has no bugs (Score 1) 252 252

computers are not the only drivers that go haywire or get into situations they can't handle. It happens to people all the time. They have strokes or seizures or heart attacks behind the wheel, they get distracted, they drive into deep mud, they hit puddles at high speed. If you are in the car when something like this happens to you, what do you do?

Comment Re:i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 1) 252 252

Today's 'free' societies are much more interested in convenience than they are in their autonomy, independence, and civil liberties. Dude, the future's like social! omg!

yeah I kind of like the convenience of not getting killed by a distracted human driver

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