Department of Energy Says That Driverless Taxis Could Already Be Cheaper Than Cabs

7. 7. 15 by Alex Klokus
  • Today’s taxis are driven between three and six times as far annually as a standard passenger car, meaning that most of the cost of operating a taxi is in paying the driver, buying gas, and doing maintenance on the car—the initial cost of the car itself is much less important.
  • Staggeringly, electric driverless taxis could push greenhouse gas emissions down by 94 percent on a per-vehicle basis (which was the initial purpose of the study), with emissions being completely eliminated if sustainable energy such as solar power is used to recharge them.
  • The estimated 233,000 taxi drivers out there will need to find new jobs, and taxi companies notoriously have a pretty strong local lobbying presence. Already, cabbie versus Uber tensions have flared up in cities all around the world.

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