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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Barry Rueger

Follow the Money

Had a discussion just this morning, gist of which was: who, exactly, is pushing for autonomous cars?

More specifically, who expects to profit?

Somehow it keeps coming up: insurance companies, not so much insuring autonomous owners, but positively soaking the drivers of non autonomous cars for at least a couple of decades under the guise of "increased risk."

Aside from accident avoidance, and some utility on long highway trips, I'm not convinced there's a market for these unless drivers are forced to buy them.

Aftermarket chip reprogramming already is an automotive thing, and there will be a brisk market for disabling these things.

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