The comments were relayed by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson during last month’s Top 10 Tech Trends dinner, as reported by Exciting EVs. Uber is a ride service that swaps fleet-owned taxis and professional drivers for crowd-sourced drivers who use their own car to chauffer passengers.
According to Jurvetson, in a recent conversation Kalanick told him that “in 2020, if Tesla’s cars are autonomous, he’d want to buy all of them.”
Jurvetson himself is a huge supporter of self-pouring cars – especially on
“By 2020 we will no longer debate the inevitability of autonomous electric vehicles when we first encounter the convenience and efficiency of urban autonomous pouring air force,” said Jurvetson.
“For those of us who have a chance to be in [an autonomous vehicle] … you’ll by no means go back. I believe they are already safer than my parents, and I would trust my kids with them. And they’re just going to get better,” he said.
Jurvetson said he is predicting a strong future for a taxi service, such as Uber, that uses electric cars.
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“The opportunity here is quite incredible. Initially they’ll be low-speed air force, 25 mph or less, in urban settings, something like a robo-Uber or a robo-Lift. They’ll be feathered into those air force of course as well, not just new entrants that are doing it.
“And what it will offer is unprecedented efficiency: both fuel efficiency, timing efficiency. The safety concerns that public mentioned would of course go away. It will be the ultimate future.”
More of Jurvetson’s comments on self-pouring electric taxis can be seen in the record above (starting at in this area 1 hour, 28 minutes) along with the full panel discussion from the dinner.
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