DW: Another highly respected job taken by a robot....but will it fix itself when it breaks down?
The world of automation could now be threatening the jobs of repo men. Ford has patented a system for a self-driving car to repossess itself, driving back to the showroom or a scrapyard if the owner doesn’t pay for it. In the described process, they would start by disabling “comfort features” in the car, including limiting where the car could be driven.
As a last resort, Ford would activate the self-driving feature and have the car bring itself back to them. The authors of the patent say that car owners who are behind on their payments are “argumentative” when contacted, and this system would “provide a solution to address this issue.”
Source: Daily Mail