The future appears to lean toward self-driving vehicles used as public transportation and, eventually, for the transport of cargo.
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The estimated 2 million private cars are gone, the roads are devoid of traffic, and all that remains are commercial vehicles and public transport, whether that means taxis, buses, trains or maybe even a metro system.Revenues from parking citations would also drop to zero, along with speeding fines (self-driving cars, taxis, buses and metros don't speed).It would leave a ton of people jobless, seriously destabilize the country's economy, and compromise citizens' purchasing power (hello, taxes!).If the entire world were to adopt a similar approach, you'd have a global economic meltdown on a scale no one's seen before, what with car manufacturers closing shop along with factories, suppliers and sellers of raw materials. International insurers and reinsurers would also see a marked decline in revenue, global banks would suffer and the world economy would be on the fritz.Finally, there's the problem that I and a sizable portion of Lebanon's population share: I live nowhere in the vicinity of a bus or taxi route, and I don't much relish the idea of trudging kilometers uphill and downhill every time I need to go somewhere.
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