Tag Archives: driverless cars

Some links

A look back how Buffett invested into special situations back in 1962

Meb Faber compares investing based on Buffett’s disclosures with the Berkshire stock

Driverless cars’ chances halted by tumbleweed (Paywall, Google for title)

Broyhill Capital likes Sea World

The short case for Union Pacific Railroad

Why a Chinese Billionaire paid for a 170 mn USD art purchase with his Amex

Interesting Michael Bloomberg interview from the Robin Hood 2015 conference:

Driverless cars + Uber –> Death of Car Insurance ?

As this became a long post, a quick management summary upfront:

The case for 100% self driving cars without accidents is not so clear for me
1. Based on current facts, the Google car doesn’t seem a lot better than human drivers
2. From other areas (Airplanes, chess) we can learn that a human-machine combination is often better than a “machine” alone
3. Driving cars is also an emotional experience, many people might not fully sacrifice this
4. Some innovations take longer than one thinks, especially if they take away freedom from consumers
5. A gradual decrease of claims could actually be positive for car insurers over an extended period of time

Additionally, I don’t see a combination of driverless cars with a service like Uber replacing private cars anytime soon. There are a lot of practical issues with renting out private cars to complete strangers. However, taxi driver might not be a job with a big future either.

So from my perspective, as shareholder of a car insurer like Admiral there is no reason to panic, however for traditional insurers this might be one more nail in their coffin.

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