There’s an interesting article on Linkedin written by InFluencer Maryann Keller about how it might be difficult for the autonomous cars to be success as taxis unless the UBERs of the world are ready to get into the deep capital costs required to own manage expensive fleets.
The next issue would be maintenance. There is a myth among some tech geeks that electric cars don’t need service. Tesla has demonstrated that in fact they need maintenance. Despite all the sensors and millions of lines of code and a large battery, they still have wheels and tires, brakes and other mechanical parts and fluids that require replacement or adjustment. And the moment you put people into a car, even one devoid of controls that passengers can mess with, things will happen.