Can The Automation of Cars Do Away With Dealerships?
I imagine that the future of transportation is all about automation. I don't think this is at all a guess because one just takes a look at China's huge population and sees why right away. I can't imagine that all people in China, each and every one of them, own a car because there won't be enough space on the roads and highways -- the traffic would be stupidly horrendous than ever before. This is why I think China may lead in the race of AI and car automation!
In order for the automation of cars, I think AI needs to be improved tremendously so accidents won't occur so frequently. At least, the AI should be a lot better than the human drivers. Once the AI part of the automation of cars got nailed down, I can see that a car service such as Lyft would try to deliver cars to whoever needs 'em. This is when 5G comes into the picture to facilitate communication between cars, cars and the transportation system, and so forth.
Anyhow, in this blog post I want to concentrate on the Lyft part of the whole automation of the transportation equation. I'm wondering, how Lyft and Uber would fare in a world where all cars are driverless. Imagine, car companies could actually get into the Lyft game themselves. Why would they allow Lyft and Uber to be the middlemen?
Nonetheless, I can see those car manufacturers like Toyota may not want to join the Lyft game because of additional costs. Perhaps, car manufacturers rather manufacture cars only and let the costs of the logistic of delivering cars to the user through car services such as Lyft and Uber. Then I'm still wondering how the dealerships would fare, right?
I can see those car manufacturers would prefer to deal directly with car services such as Lyft and Uber and let go of their dealerships entirely in a world of driverless cars! The dealerships would become rather redundant unless the car manufacturers prefer to allow the dealerships to become a car service like Lyft and Uber. But we have to ask who got more experience in delivering a car to a user in a taxi manner? Of course, the answer would be Lyft and Uber and not the dealerships!
In summary, I think if we're heading in the direction of all cars being driverless, then I can see the fading out of car dealerships in favor of Lyft and Uber. Of course, I could be wrong and car manufacturers like Toyota decide to join the Lyft/Uber game and turn their dealerships into Lyft/Uber services. Nonetheless, I still can't see car dealerships being around when driverless cars become proliferated. I see car-making companies may rely on Lyft/Uber sort of service or just jump into the game themselves delivering cars through an app and not relying on a costly dealership.