In this world fewer and fewer people own private cars, because it doesnâ€™t make financial sense. Cars run on electricty, and most are much smaller, designed to carry only one or two people. The auto industry experiences a temporary boom, but then demand drops off a cliff. By around 2040, driverless cars are a majority on American roads. The number of cars drops by more than 90%, as do fuel consumption and emissions. Car accidents and traffic are nearly nonexistent.
Several hundred thousand Americans who have jobs involving driving, selling or manufacturing vehicles no longer have those jobs â€”Â including all Uber drivers.
Which may explain why Uber appears to care so little about keeping them happy.