It is fantastic to see the mainstream media publishing articles like this. This BBC article draws heavily from Tony Seba's 'Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation' which predicts that the convergence of new technology will offer such cheap transportation that owning a car will no longer makes sense. It is predicted that an Uber ride which costs £10 now would cost as little as £1 with driverless electric cars as there is no driver to pay and the running costs of an EV compared to an ICE car are substantially less. Not to mention the lifetime of an EV is 500,000 miles.
It is also predicted that the number of cars on the road will plummet which would create masses of additional space, particularly in urban areas. The article makes clear that this is not driven by policy to tackle air pollution and reduce global warming (although both are excellent consequences), this is driven purely by economics. It no longer makes financial sense. This isn't a far flung concept either, this is going to happen in the next 10-20 years. This is truly a transport revolution.
'Transport as a service' We've now cut our £10 fare to just £1. Mr Seba calls the idea of a robo-taxi network "transport as a service", and estimates it could save the average American as much as $6,000 (£4,560) a year. That's the equivalent of a 10% pay rise. And don't forget, when the revolution comes you won't be behind the wheel so now you'll be working or relaxing as you travel - another big benefit. You still think that car parked outside your flat is worth having?