The Statistics showed, that from 1983 to 2015, between 18-year-olds the percentage of persons with a driver's license fell from 80 percent to 60 percent, while for 20- to 24-year-olds, from 92 to 77 percent.
The main reason for that is that people nowadays simply don’t want to get it. While in the 1980s most people were getting their licenses before becoming adults, a lot of young people don’t even care about getting it.
But not only youngsters are changing. Older people are now getting more driver’s licenses than they used too. However, as reflexes tend to deteriorate with the age self-driving cars can be useful for them even more than for younger generations.
One of the other reasons is the increase in urban population of the country where driving is not a necessity.
According to Richard Wallace, director of transportation systems analysis at the Center for Automotive Research, there are also cultural reasons. For the 20th century people cars were the most innovative technological creations and were used for showing off. Now the trends have changed and new devices like smartphones are used for the same purposes.
All of this shows that driving is rapidly becoming less important for younger generations.
One of the main advantages of self-driving cars is the safety. According to University of Michigan expert’s predictions, crash rates will decrease by average 90%. Moreover, they will reduce traffics and stresses caused by driving.
Thus, although self-driving cars are considered transportation of the future, there is already a demand for it.