I recently read this Motherboard article on how Google’s driverless cars and services such as Uber might make car ownership a non-necessity. The article rightly postulates, “Combine Uber’s successful business model and add in a fleet of Google’s future self-driving cars, and you can get a glimpse of a new transportation paradigm emerging, in which car ownership is no longer an expectation in modern society.”
That got me thinking. Not so much about the future of travel and “the new transportation paradigm” thingie, but about what on earth we’re all going to do with our garages when we don’t need cars? Sure, we can still store stuff in them, but how many beach balls and string trimmers can one person store? What’s going to take up all that space?
Garages serve a very specific purpose and are built to those requirements. But, if we do end up dumping our autos and start to rely on a shared ecosystem of robo-cars, what will happen to the inventory of existing garages? That’s valuable real estate (at my house at least).
So, here’s my solution. I’m going to start a company that retrofits existing garages to new purposes. I’ll call it GarageTeck or something trite like that. This is not some mere remodeling service. We’ll have pre-fabricated, out-of-the box solutions to transform you’re your existing garage into a new and useful space. Want a theater? Try our Premium Movie Transformation Package™. Love sports? Take a brochure for our Sports Nuts Mini-Arena™. We’ll have it all: Smokehouse, sexy party dungeon, woodworking hut. You could be car free and living your dream in less than a weekend. Call now. Financing is available.
Personally, when the time comes to share transportation resources and divest myself of my car, I’ll be using my garage for pretty much what I’m using it for now – to hide from my wife and kids. We’ll have a package for that, too.