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As Driver-less Cars Arrive, Will Driver's License Rite of Passage Become as Obsolete as Model 'T'?

In the not-so-far-off future, teens won't bother getting driver's licenses, consumers will shun owning their own cars, and taxis will be replaced by "taxibots."

As Driver-less Cars Arrive, Will Driver's License Rite of Passage Become as Obsolete as Model 'T'?

That's the world described by speakers on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which was devoted to the connected car. The two-week convention in recent years has shifted its focus away from the latest car models to the newest tech innovations transforming vehicles from the inside.

Here's a 16th-birthday present John Zimmer's daughter won't be getting: a car. Lyft's co-founder and president shared that parenting tidbit during his keynote address.

"It's not because I'm cheap," Zimmer said. "It's because she won't want to own one. And by then she won't need to."

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That's the world described by speakers on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which was devoted to the connected car. The two-week convention in recent years has shifted its focus away from the latest car models to the newest tech innovations transforming vehicles from the inside.

Here's a 16th-birthday present John Zimmer's daughter won't be getting: a car. Lyft's co-founder and president shared that parenting tidbit during his keynote address.

"It's not because I'm cheap," Zimmer said. "It's because she won't want to own one. And by then she won't need to."

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As Driver-less Cars Arrive, Will Driver's License Rite of Passage Become as Obsolete as Model 'T'?