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    • Elon Musk added more details about their upcoming autonomous car taxi service during last week's earnings call. The idea is to supply it with a fleet of owner's Teslas like Airbnb is supplied by owner's homes. You can add your Tesla to the network when you want, summon it at will, and make it only available to friends & family. Musk said they should be able to charge a service fee like Apple does in its App Store, and you should be able to make profit off your Tesla lease.

      If there aren't enough owner's Teslas, Musk would add Tesla-owned cars to the fleet.

      Would you do it? Or would you be too worried about people spilling their milkshakes in the back? Why wouldn't some entrepreneur lease their own fleet to add to the pool?

      ๐Ÿ“ท: Techcrunch

    • Many say in the future there'll be no need to own a car. Dealerships will go out of business and they're now looking into buying whole fleets of cars to serve as self driving taxis. Why not have a car and have it drive around all day to pay off it's loan? Could not an AI start it's own company that keeps building and building by buying more cars to drive around? We already treat many corporations through the law as individuals. So I guess the question is, do you want to own a car that pays for itself or do you want to be careless and pay for an autonomous taxi? How attached are people to their cars??? Will this change in the future?

    • If Tesla can get the community right, I would seriously consider adding my Tesla to the pool. Though, I don't have one (yet ๐Ÿคช).

      I doubt owners will have fears about strangers sitting in their cars and will opt to put their cars in the pool. Airbnb is proof of this. They designed software so elegant and personal that strangers are willing to come together and sleep under the same roof. It's incredible what they did. So to share your car with a stranger while you're not in it, that shouldn't be a problem.

      The real question is what will cap rate / ROI be on this? Prospective Tesla buyers should ask: will it make more financial sense to not own, hail a Tesla when you need one, and purchase something else, like index funds?

    • Don't forget those of us who live outside of the urban sprawl. Living 600Km from the nearest large town kinda makes shared Teslas, and all current (LOL) EVs, pointless.

    • I live within miles of both Tesla HQ and their plant. Model S/X/3's are so ubiquitous here that they seem to outnumber Toyota Corollas and Honda Accords. The most common car on my block is a now a Model 3. I often forget Teslas and other EV's are a tiny spec in the auto market.

    • I often forget Teslas and other EV's are a tiny spec in the auto market.

      I'm not sure this is accurate anymore. The Model 3 is currently one of the top 5 best-selling cars in the US (that's among all cars, not just EVs). It has completely blown away the other cars in its price range like BMWs and Audis and is now competing favorably with much less expensive cars like Toyotas and Hondas. ๐Ÿคฏ

    • Would you do it? Or would you be too worried about people spilling their milkshakes in the back? Why wouldn't some entrepreneur lease their own fleet to add to the pool?

      I definitely wouldn't add my Model 3 to the general fleet because I don't want drunk people puking in it (or worse), but Elon has said owners will have the ability to limit who can use their car. I'd happily let my family and close friends use the car, since I trust them not to destroy it.

    • Absolutely agree. Which is a bit of a shame, as us "bushies" are left with ancient petrol, petrol+gas, or diesel burners. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

      One day, hopefully not too far away. ๐Ÿคž

      You never know; hydrogen fuel cells might be our saviour, rather than EV. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    • Something akin to this was tried in the San Francisco area. You could register your luxury car and the rental company would rent it out when you didn't need it.

      An auto theft ring rented a bunch of the cars at the same time and stole them. The rental business pretty much immediately went out of business after the incident.

    • solar charge banks and stations for leap frog travel or bigger but maybe slower transport options would be cool for more remote areas.

    • solar charge banks and stations for leap frog travel or bigger but maybe slower transport options would be cool for more remote areas.

      Well, not really. A 800 Km (500 mile) drive, not unreasonable out here, would be what, a three hop journey for current EVs? Even with fast chargers conveniently located in the middle of nowhere that would be a long journey, compared to a 10 hour run in a "gas guzzler".

    • That is an issue, most fossil cars/trucks cannot get that range even so fill up is required for most I assume. Same as the tesla 3 which is approx 335 milesย (539 km), but also dependent on AC and other power draws so taking a chance with it's range might not be a good gamble.

      With the isolation I am sure it is more likely to see a fellow traveler with a fuel can than a battery pack ๐Ÿ˜„

    • ๐Ÿ˜ I chose that distance (800 Km) because that's how far we can get in our motorhome on one tank plus a bit to spare.

    • Ah, and probably most vehicles in such isolated settings would have a larger range either by default of the type of vehicle or by being adapted to the environment.

      Have to switch thinking here. ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hey! We have a queen-size bed in our motohome, shower, toilet, food and drink facilities ...

      This could be a supplementary income ... ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You've been invited!