Many drivers will soon be trading in their cars for cash, as ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber push toward driverless car initiatives. While Uber has already begun experimenting with driverless cars in Pittsburgh, and plans to expand into other markets soon, Lyft President John Zimmer has outlined a 10-year plan for his company, eliminating all company drivers by 2026.
Lyft is expected to introduce driverless cars as early as next year, and intends to make the majority of its ride-share services self-driven within the next three to five years. Although Zimmer does not outline the execution of his ambitious project in detail, as technology continues to advance, his idea does not seem ridiculous.
Self driven cars have been experimentally tested for approximately six years by Google, a world technology leader. Since Google has begun its self-driving car project, companies such as General Motors and Tesla have followed suit, and succeeded.
Car ownership is expensive. Between initial down payments, monthly payments, maintenance, and fuel costs, many car owners have already given up their vehicles to opt for public transportation or ride share services like Uber and Lyft. But if Zimmer’s projections are correct, all Lyft rides will be driverless by 2025, and the company will potentially eliminate the need for private car ownership altogether.
While current prices for self driven cars are astronomical, and they have yet to hit the general consumer market in full force, eventually driverless cars will become commonplace. If Uber and Lyft expand their markets into currently banned areas — like upstate NY, San Antonio, TX, and the entire state of Nevada — car ownership will become less common, and even eliminated in some areas. For many, the car that they currently drive will be their last.
For those who will eventually need to get rid of their cars, it is a wise decision to trade cars for cash. In fact, 27 million vehicles worldwide are recycled each year. Cash for cars services are available to any car owner, no matter what the condition of the vehicle, although cash for junk cars is most often the case.
Cash Auto Salvage provides scrap prices for cars nationwide, and will recycle your vehicle to make way for the future.