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Should you replace your car with Uber, car-sharing & autonomous cars?

Just a few years back, this idea would have seemed absurd ... But in recent years, several new developments have changed that. First, services like Uber have made taxis much cheaper. On top of that, short term car rental, available with Cambio in Brussels for some time, will also be much more accessible and attractive in the coming years with the arrival of companies such as Zip Car and Ubeeqo in Belgium.

Will owning a car soon be a thing of the past? In the future, not only will fewer people own a car, but the cars will drive themselves too. It is very likely scenario ...

Phase 1
Everyone wants to own a car.
Phase 2
Occasional taxi use and car owned.
Phase 3
More frequent use of Uber-like services with drivers - decreasing car ownership.
Phase 4
Use of Uber-like services and increasing use of short-term hires.
Phase 5
Autonomous self-driving Uber-like services and cars — which happened in Pittsburgh for the very first time in the summer 2016 with custom Volvo XC90s, supervised by humans in the driver’s seat (Bloomberg article).

Going somewhere by car remains by far the most popular mode of transport - it's door to door and (traffic-permitting, and for longer distances), faster too.

Companies like Uber, Zip Car and Ubeeqo but also Apple and Tesla are now all in the process of rethinking the future of cars in our lives. One in which you wouldn't need to worry about owning, repairing or insuring a car, and probably not drive it either.

In addition to this, others are re-thinking group public transport, from the futuristic traffic-straddling bus in China, about which doubts quickly emerged following its test launch in Hubei, to the Hyperloop in California, which aims to propel capsules in tubes by linear induction motors and air compressors to create a high speed transportation system for its passengers, which has also been dubbed "completely impractical" by experts.

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