Think what you choose, but it is a rational decision for business. What people want vs what works for business (and/or govt) are different things.
It’s not a rational decision for business. If there’s a market for people to own their own cars, in addition to the fleet/robotaxi model, then the automakers are going to sell cars to that market.
Car seats can be built-in (designed in by choice to ALL cars), so not an issue.
Yes, it is. You need different car seats for different ages. An infant needs a different car seat than a toddler, than a four year-old. Etc.
The issue isn’t just limited to car seats, of course. It’s any situation where people are using their car to do things that may involve picking up or using things at one location that they won’t want to schlep around with them at another. If I stop off and pickup my dry cleaning on the way to work, I don’t want to have to bring the dry cleaning up into my office with me and then back down with me - I want to leave it in my car. If I’m picking up my kids on the way home from work, I don’t want to have to bring a car seat and stroller with me into my office and back down again. Etc.
Specifically configured tradesman vehicles can be leased via the service, so the person gets the same trade vehicle every time.
It’s not a question of getting the same vehicle. It’s that the vehicle stores all of their tools and equipment, so that they don’t have to completely load it up every morning, unload everything when they get to a job site, then reload everything again when they leave the job site, and unload everything again when they return home. If I’m a plumber doing 4-5 jobs in the course of the day, I need one vehicle that will stay with me all day - that has all my tools and gear and materials.
Same arrangement as with any proprietary or trade vehicle. The company owns and operates the vehicle, but the user can have it set up as they choose.
Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to work for the luxury segment. You’re not saving enough money by using a robotaxi compared to owning your own car for someone who has money to forego having their own car - always there in their driveway, and always in the condition that they have maintained. No matter what the company who owns and operates a shared vehicle does, after many tens of thousands of miles of use as a robotaxi the interior is going to be a little worn down and damaged. If I’m a wealthy person, it’s totally worth it to me to spend a few K more per year to have my own car, rather than a shared one.