August 31, 2017

Autonomous Cars

Russ Roberts's EconTalk podcast this week features an economic look at the future of automobiles. There is curiously little discussion directly of the internecine issues we flog around here. But there are some very interesting ramifications of changing to electric and autonomous vehicles.

Internecine Posted by John Kranz at August 31, 2017 5:21 PM

A maddening aspect is that guest Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz is a Londoner and has a very un-American expectation of automotive use. "Well, it will be ok to have a car with only a 100-mile range for those who only drive 50 miles per week.

Don't let me scare you off -- still some very interesting things.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2017 5:30 PM

Per WEEK? Even a Londoner could only make it to and from the Tube station on that driving budget.

Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2017 6:11 PM

I'm listening a second time (not to check, but I listen and work and get 95% coverage in two listens).

The first part is electric cars and second is autonomous. A serious discussion on charging economics ensues, but he is seriously complacent on range anxiety. I think that comes from being a Londoner and not considering the car a necessity like us "sceptics."

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2017 6:20 PM | What do you think? [3]