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The rise of driverless car technology and ride sharing will prompt private car sales to go into decline, according to new research by Credit Suisse

A growth in use of fully autonomous vehicles could cause global new car sales to flatline from the year 2030, new research has suggested.

A study of the possible effects of driverless technology, car sharing and a growth in ride-hailing services on the automotive supply chain concluded that fewer people will need to purchase private vehicles, impacting the number of sales car makers achieve and therefore threatening business incomes if those car giants don't adapt.

The report, by financial services company Credit Suisse, stated: “Our global automotive production chain model forecasts global car production flatlining from 2030 with rising production in developing markets offset by declines in developed markets.

"Within that, we expect UK production levels to begin a structural decline from around 2030, falling about 1% per year from that year as autonomous vehicles comprise a greater proportion of the UK.”

The study cited the cheaper cost of transport offered by ride-hailing services compared with car ownership as a key driver for the shift, with the use of fully autonomous vehicles “being disproportionately found in developed markets such as the UK and owned by ride-hailing companies such as Uber”.

However, Credit Suisse also found that private car ownership will remain the cheapest option for transport in certain scenarios.

It calculated that a person travelling 5000 miles per year would spend £6536 per year if they used a private car, as opposed to £7992 if they travelled using a mix of ride-hailing apps for urban journeys and car rental for longer journeys. The figures include the cost of maintenance and assumes a used car costs £12,873 to buy – the current average price of a second-hand car in Britain.

The study predicted that autonomous cars will account for 14% of the new car market from 2040, with semi-autonomous models representing almost one third, meaning brands that most deftly shift to production of driverless models will be most likely to survive.

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Credit Suisse said that the growth of autonomous cars will affect used car buying websites. Even a modest 1.5% growth in self-driving vehicles would lead to fewer people having to buy cars and “have a profound impact on [the websites'] valuations” due to a reduction in car sales via their platforms.

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eseaton 29 January 2018

I think hardly anyone is

I think hardly anyone is actually asking for this.  It is bizarre that manufacturers are obsessively pursuing something that turns cars from objects of desire into essentially white good appliances.


Has anyone actually seen self-parking being used, apart from in a dealership car park?  Not being able to park your car is one of the ultimate emasculations of manhood.


I understand people are not the slightest bit interested in ticking the expensive 'driver assist' options when specifying a new car.  What sort of dozing moron doesn't know when they are changing lane on a motorway (except for one that is actually dozing, in which case they shouldn't be driving at all).


Just about every infuriating bonging noise made by a modern car is telling you what you already know.


It is as if car manufacturers are positively trying to make their cars annoying.

Neil2129 29 January 2018

What's the replacement cycle

I can see the widespread introduction of autonymous cars causing a decline in private sales in urban areas, but look a little further ahead and if each autonymous car does the mileage currently done by 3 or 4 private cars, plus the mileage travelling from one user to another, then they will wear out much more quickly. The companies promoting a high-tech, upmarket ride-hailing service won't want to use a scruffy, smoky, potentially unreliable 100,000 miler. So what is the expected replacement cycle? And what becomes of the used vehicle? Does it get dismantled? Or refurbished? Or sold to a private owner? Or to a second tier of "budget" operators? In any case, I can see continued strong demand because vehicle lives won't be indefinite.

Pistachio 29 January 2018

who is actually asking for autonomous?

who is actually asking for autonomous vehicles?

People who would use a bus or taxi normally?

I get how clever it is but don't get why we are doing it other than allegedly reducing accidents so insurance companies dont have to pay out anything at all but still charge premiums?

would scenario of autonomous cars mean they would only need to be insured for Fire?