For years the electric car company Tesla has tried to change the way people are allowed to buy cars in Texas. The company wants make it legal for consumers to cut out the middleman and buy cars directly from the manufacturer, a way of car shopping that’s already been adopted in many other states.
The idea is that you should be able to buy a car like you buy a computer: either retail or manufacturer direct. But when you start talking to people about this you find you’re talking about more than just consumer choice. You’re talking about jobs, you’re talking about technology and you’re talking about the future.
“I visualize in the next 10 to 20 years driving down to South Texas and passing by trailers moving up and down our interstate with no drivers,” says state Rep Jason Isaac, Republican from Dripping Springs.
He’s one of the lawmakers who has introduced a bill to open up manufacture-direct sales. His reasoning? “Maybe someone wants to set up and manufacture them here in the state of Texas?”