John Rich, the operations chief of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, revealed that self-driving cars will only last for four years which is apparently not a very long life span even when compared with cars that undergo a lot of wear and tear.
According to a report by Techcrunch, Rich said that he is not worried with the decrease for car demands as they are set to crush a car every four years.
He stated: “The thing that worries me least in this world is decreasing demand for cars. We will exhaust and crush a car every four years in this business.”
The four-year lifespan of the autonomous cars is surprisingly short as compared with the almost 12 years that the average U.S. car owner holds on to a vehicle because the advanced technology used to make and operate the cars.
According to Rich, the vehicles are being designed for maximum utilization, revealing its plan not to sell the cars to individuals anytime soon but to use it in autonomous fleets for companies’ services, including as delivery vehicles.
He said: “Today’s vehicles spend most of the day parked. To develop a profitable, viable business model for [autonomous vehicles], they need to be running almost the entire day.”
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