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Not a usual topic, but an interesting article from Nick Bilton at the NY Times: The Money Side of Driverless Cars

Washington, an average of six parking tickets are issued every minute of a normal workday. That is about 5,300 tickets on each of those days. Those slips of paper have added up to million in parking fines a year, according to a report by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

As I noted in my Disruptions column this week, ”How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities,” the parking ticket could vanish from the future city as cars park themselves …

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 93 percent of all traffic accidents result from human error. If cars are smart enough to avoid accidents — and many researchers working on these cars believe they will be — the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry could completely change and be reimagined.

Smart cars will have a huge impact on some areas … I hope this happens quickly!

Wednesday:
• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. Expect higher mortgage rates and a decline in refinance activity.

• At 10:00 AM, Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for May. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in inventories.

• At 2:00 PM, FOMC Minutes for Meeting of June 18-19, 2013 will be released. These will be scrutinized for timing of the tapering of QE3 asset purchases.

• At 4:10 PM, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak, A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability, At the National Bureau of Economic Research Conference: The First 100 Years of the Federal Reserve: The Policy Record, Lessons Learned, and Prospects for the Future, Cambridge, Mass.

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