Michael.N. wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:11 am
Yes, that's as things stand now. You are thinking in terms of today. In 10 or 20 years time? (…) Give it time, just as with any technology.
Some things happen quite quickly (ie. a decade or two
) but in way that people don't quite expect. Videophones where a sic-fi kind of idea back in the 60's. Even 10-15 years ago they seemed a bit exotic, yet today everyone using a smartphone takes video calls for granted. The key technology was not the phone but the network.
Some European countries are planning to allow sales of only electric cars in the not distance future - Germany has already said 2030 (big car lobby). Some countries are discussing 2025 but no decisions yet. Spain (Balearic islands) has said that the car hire fleets (big biz in the holiday islands) must be 100% electric by 2030. This implies more fast charging stations. Supermarkets in Europe often have a couple of charging stations. The car industry is investing vast sums in computer technology to provide the necessary infrastructure for "intelligent" cars. The groundwork is happening.
2030 is only 12 years away. Electric cars and self-driving seem to go hand in hand. Self-driving vehicles will "sneak up" on the world in the same way as ubiquitous video phones have done.