Auto Repair Shops: Another Casualty of the Driverless Revolution?

As cars go driverless, will auto repair shops go bankrupt?

It’s not an obvious corollary, but the argument is there. Particularly if private vehicle ownership declines and we all begin to rent rides from Uber-like fleet owners, the viability of independent auto shops could be threatened.

But I’m not ready to go there quite yet. My local independent auto shop often has US Postal Service vehicles inside, proving that some fleet owners still outsource their maintenance to small operations.

Of course, USPS is a government operation, and perhaps privately-owned fleets are maintained differently. How do Hertz or FedEx manage maintenance and repair for their fleets?

Originally published at on October 26, 2015.