The driverless car has become a hot topic in the tech industry with the unveiling of the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and Tesla Model 3.
But how much does it cost to transport the vehicles?
A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the cost of a driverless vehicle in 2025 is expected to be between $35,000 and $62,000.
For comparison, the average cost of transportation in the U.S. is around $21,500.NHTS found that average driverless costs will increase by 20% in 2025.
However, the cost will remain roughly the same in 2030, as drivers will still need to purchase a driver’s license.
The NHTSA’s new study found that driverless vehicles are projected to cost an estimated $1.5 trillion by 2030.
That means the cost per vehicle will increase nearly $1,000 from today’s price.
The total cost of all transportation will rise by around $2,500 in 2025 from today.
This increase in the cost to the average driver will mean more people are willing to pay for a car that will be able to get to work and the grocery store.
According to the NHTS report, about 85% of the vehicles currently on the road will be autonomous by 2030, with another 17% being connected to driverless cars.
Nissan says it plans to add at least 10 driverless-car fleets in the United States by 2025.
The cost of autonomous vehicles is expected continue to fall, but not to the levels of the cost seen in recent years.
A new report released by Tesla and Google estimates that in 2025, the price of autonomous vehicle costs will drop to $35 per mile.