John Zimmer, co-founder and president, of Lyft made a bold prediction: private car ownership will most come to an end in major U.S. cities by 2025. He predicts that autonomous self-driving cars are leading the way to overtake cars driven by human drivers within the next five years.
Just like Uber, car makes and tech firms are looking at autonomous cars as the next big opportunity. Lyft is partnering with General Motors to test an on-demand network of autonomous vehicles in Phoenix and San Francisco.
In January, General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft. In a post on Medium on Sunday, Zimmer wrote:
When networked autonomous vehicles come onto the scene, below the cost of car ownership, most city-dwellers will stop using a personal car altogether.
Even if you don’t care about cars — even if you never step into a Lyft or an autonomous vehicle — these changes are going to transform your life. And by 2025, owning a car will go the way of the DVD. Until then, over the next five to 10 years there will be both driver and driverless cars on the road, which we call a hybrid network.
Zimmer envisions wider sidewalks, new parks and new housing to take over unused parking spaces left by people ditching their cars.