LYFT CO-FOUNDER JOHN ZIMMER SAYS OWNING A CAR WON’T MAKE SENSE BY 2025.
John Zimmer, Lyft co-founder, explains why the car-sharing company is not backing away from self-driving technology amid anticipation of growing demand.
CARS WITHOUT OWNERS AND WITHOUT PERSONAL OWNERS?
Lyft Co-Founder John Zimmer says owning a car won’t make sense by 2025. Zimmer says the average American spends $9,000 per year owning and operating a car. He thinks owning a car that a person uses 4% of the time doesn’t make much sense. But in some cities, such as San Francisco, there is a much bigger problem. Today in 2018, three months of rent costs more than the cost of a small car, and some people are living in minivans and RVs. A $10,000 used RV is making the difference from home to homeless for some people.
In San Francisco, high-tech employees working in Silicon Valley are able to bring cash to displace poorer residents.
SF REAL ESTATE LAST 5 YRS
Home Prices +67%
Median Price $1.1M
46% Rent Controlled
36% Owner Occupied
9% Market Rate Rentals
San Francisco $3,600
New York $3,200
In San Francisco and many cities, working Americans are fighting a hard battle in real estate wars.
Faced with some of the most expensive rental housing in the nation, some Bay Area residents are feeling priced out and are seeking low-cost alternatives. In Silicon Valley, a hub of computer and technology companies, some people are even turning to cars, vans and RVs for housing. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings has the story (SOURCE: PBS — a publicly funded American broadcaster).
America’s biggest cities are experiencing a land rush, with the wealthiest residents buying up property and squeezing out the middle and lower classes (SOURCE: Business Insider [Elapsed Time: 23:51]).
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