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Private self-driving cars will make our cities more livable
are lobbied by big companies
with economic interests, they are not intended to make cities more livable.
Economic models of private companies don't take into account externalities : while customers might receive a good / cheap service,
the society as a whole might suffer
On the short term, autonomous vehicles will prop-up the incumbent automotive industry, reinforcing its dominance over mobility solutions
Private companies cannot make profit unless they offer a product that the market wants; if consumers want cheaper, easier, greener travel, this is what these big companies will provide.