Technology

You still can’t have my car: The challenges of a driverless future

Will the latest innovations actually change people's desire to own a vehicle on a large scale?
  • Driverless vehicles and rideshare services will change real estate development and urban planning.
  • But you'll have to pry many people's keys from their cold, dead hands.

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Many of you probably live two separate lives, as I do. When traveling to real estate conferences, it’s upscale venues, fine food, plentiful drinks and Uber at your fingertips. On a whim, you can move quickly and seamlessly to new locations. It feels exhilarating to live untethered. You don't want your car slowing you down. In this life, I'm willing to humor the notion that a millennial will sell her vehicle and turn her garage into an Airbnb. She'll list her home with a salaried Compass agent and find a buyer (who happens to be a Chinese national paying in Bitcoin) through an Uber grad's new bidding war platform. Of course, a secure blockchain app closes the transaction. Then I get home. Agents need a meeting. Clients want a showing. The wife needs me to pick some things up at the store and then immediately go back because I forgot something. Get in the car. Oh yes, the children -- they need to be shuttled to school, piano, cross country, soccer, choir, Scouts and camp...