As an autonomous Tesla becomes a self-driving Uber rideshare vehicle, watch this new tech create gig waves that smash the rideshare industry. To ride the wave, start paddling now.
The ripple effects of new technology innovations are sometimes hard to predict but this one seems easy. Autonomous cars are coming. Teslas on the Tesla Network will be self-driving Uber-mobiles—and a major rideshare competitor.
Your next gig economy opportunity could involve a Tesla put to work as a rideshare vehicle—with or without you driving it!
The big takeaways:
- Cars aren’t just for personal use anymore.
- Some individual and business owners will be running their EVs in rideshare fleets.
- Rideshare fleets are going to become autonomous.
- Reminder: all electric cars need to be charged to run, whether driven or autonomous.
- Gig Point: not every EV owner (individual or fleet owner) has a place to charge and park their car. This is especially true in high density housing and work areas.
- Gig Point: All cars need care and repair, not just feeding.
The last two points highlight the new Gig business opportunity.
Somebody has to put the plug in and take it out, at least until Elon replaces Superchargers and the home charging cable with a charging grid you drive over. Or past.
Bottom line is this. It’s happening, right now, faster than you may realize. Economics alone will drive exponential growth in EV sales, and with them comes new consumer needs. Owners of EVs—especially those living and working in urban areas—will need EV-specific services: parking, washing, maintaining, and primarily, the physical act of plugging and unplugging their car to charge it.
For the next decade or more, it will be cheaper to provide those services locally and manually. Expect small business entrepreneurs to go after this new market.
Charging Teslas with Old Tech
Old school plug options, like at every powered RV campground today. Standard infrastructure deployment.
Cost effective as is, improve efficiencies with a solar roof, Tesla Powerwall, and wall chargers.
Does require a human interface but fairly cheap and sometimes free (when self-service). Good enough for the next 25 years of ‘splash and dash?’ Or an overnight park?
Charging Teslas with Future Tech
One of many planned robotic options. Very little human interface required once installed.
But, they take Billion$ to develop and build, with the expectation they’ll make Billion$+ and be profitable.
Will they? What will they have to charge their customers to recoup their investment? Think this solution will be competitive to other customer charging options?