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Ford executive says Full Self-Driving cars will last only 4 years on the road

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SmittenKitten
2004 Rider
 Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Of course, this is in response to how people will stop buying cars once the autonomous vehicles are on the streets.  

Desperate excuse?  or are there some metrics to this claim? People say the car ownership may go down but there will still be a lot of "car usage" hence the sales won't go down.

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    KimStigs
    49
     5 months ago

    If those autonomous vehicles were driven 100,000 a year (which is possible if they are constantly going), I can see them only lasting four years. 

    Also, in the days where the technology is constantly improving, a four year old cars can be obsolete.

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      JavierX
      207 Driver
       5 months ago

      100,000 a year?  That's over 270 miles a day! 

      Unless riders are jumping and rolling off the cars and hopping on while the car is on the move, I don't see how they can drive that much.  


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        KimStigs
        49
         5 months ago

        270 miles a day is 11.25 miles an hour.  Even traveling at a conservative 25mph, you only have to be driving 30 minutes of every hour.

        Remember, this is a robot that never rests!!

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    andsold
    76
     5 months ago

    Like they will die after 4 years? Pretty pathetic if you ask me.

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    ErasDrivingCo
    97 Driver
     5 months ago

    Well, autonomous vehicles will be used more per day, potentially driving 24 hours a day.  NYC taxis that are driven consistently, due to rotating shifts, they are driven 24 hours and incur over 70,000 miles a year.

    Driving four years means 280,000 miles. He seems to be on target, but the cars can last much longer than that. I guess it depends on how much people mind the old or worn out cars by the fifth year.

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    SpikeSparkle
    161 Rider
     5 months ago

    I think he is greatly ignoring the fact quality cars can last much more than that, unless, of course they are Ford cars. LOL.

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      Uberserge
      1279 Rider Driver
       5 months ago

      L5 cars have nothing to do with build quality since the Ford executive in counting on them to be running around the clock especially for the rideshare world. Highly speculative and extremely early for that type of assessment. He's just trying to sell a fantasy.

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    Uberserge
    1279 Rider Driver
     5 months ago

    Let's get a few L5 cars on the road first, then we'll find out. Everything that's claimed for something a decade from now is just speculating