Self–driving car advocates believe seniors will drive sales

Frederick H. Lowe | 9/8/2017, midnight
Joanne Marshall, who recently celebrated her 74th birthday, owns a car but she doesn’t drive it at night because she ...

With the advent of driverless cars, some experts predict these vehicles will change the way we use cars, not only because they are self-driving but also because riding in a driverless car will allow riders to use the vehicles as mobile offices. Passengers can talk on the phone, write notes, hold meetings or just relax and take in the view.

Self-driving vehicles could affect other forms of transportation.

A University of Washington study about self-driving cars asked the question “Will people skip planes and trains for self-driving cars.”

“Car owners might choose to travel by train to relatively distant business meetings because the train allows them to work and relax. The need to drive is part of the cost of choosing the car, just as standing on a cold platform is part of the cost of riding the train. If you can relax in your car as it safely drives itself to a meeting in another city, that changes the whole equation,” said Zia Wadud, an associate professor at the University of Leeds, and the study’s co-author.

Marshall believes when self-driving cars become available they will improve her life because she no longer will have to wait for the train or travel according to any schedule other than her own.