I've generally been very positive about the impact self-driving cars, Uber-esque services and electric vehicles will have on consumer choice and the environment.
From an environmental standpoint, in my opinion, these advances will reduce our dependency on cars, reducing unneeded journeys and pollution and improving safety.
An increase in consumer choice and a potential to save time in transit also interests me. I've recently had a debate with a number of people over what would be the tipping point which makes you ditch your car for good. Living in rural Northamptonshire the answer isn't as straight forward as if I were in London.
But, over dinner last week we got stuck on the idea that this could all be a disaster for the UK economy, that the disruption to the system would be so great that serious job losses and business closures could be brought about by our pursuit of new ways of travelling.
It's an interesting concept. The UK is built for cars.
Whilst the majority of the cars in the UK aren't manufactured here, the automotive industry employs tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of people directly and indirectly. Service stations, garages, parts manufacturers, engineers, construction companies... the knock on effect of a mass-shift away from the car puts all these at risk.
Plus, with convenience and time one of the driving factors in this change, will railways, public transport and even third party services run by public bodies (some NHS Trusts bring in millions providing private ambulance services to transport patients to and from hospital) be impacted?
I argue that many of these industries will just diversify to adapt, but we know the industry doesn't always react in time, and there could be serious casualties along the way.
So, with new research from Lyft suggesting that just over 1% of customers ditched their car for good last year, the change appears to be coming.
Whether we adapt in time is still up for debate.
Lyft has a new report out detailing its ‘economic impact’ for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year. The ride-hailing provider claims 375.5 million rides for the year, which is 130 percent growth measured year-over-year. It served 23 million different passengers, itself a 92 percent YoY increase, and had 1.4 million drivers on the platform – 100 percent growth vs. its total for 2016.