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Mark Phelan: Autonomous cars likely to transport elderly, children in future

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"There's an opportunity for the number of vehicles on the road to stay the same or increase as we open up the number of people who can use them" IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said.

Suddenly everybody from a 6-year-old being shuttled to Cub Scouts to my 94-year-old mother is a potential customer.

"Car will be used for more hours every day," Brinley said. "They'll wear out faster and need repairs and replacement more frequently."


Mark Phelan is the Detroit Free Press auto critic. He can be reached at


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