Autonomous Vehicles and The Rise of the Passenger Economy at CES 2019

American commuters spend roughly 250 hours per year inside their car, the equivalent of six 40-hour work weeks annually. The passenger economy—a new term for the increase in idle time when drivers become riders—is expected to reach $7 trillion. That’s more than twice the size of the sharing economy in which Uber and Lyft participate. Therefore, it’s no surprise that most major companies, even those who are typically uninvolved in the automotive industry, presented new autonomous concept vehicles this year.