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The stock market can go up and down rather easily. Its not an appropriate place to save for a purchase that is only 1 year out. money market funds, savings accounts, etc are probably good vehicles.

The question of if it is a good time to buy a car primarily depends on your transportation needs. If you are commuting (arbitrary) miles a day, a rural area, and/or doing lots of long distance trips, a self-driving taxi is unlikely to be a good fit for what you need. If you are in an urban area, with lots of existing transportation options, and don't drive a lot anyway, waiting a year or two for more driver assist technologies to mature/be deployed might make sense. Having said that, I'm pretty happy with the technology already present on our 2 year old Toyota.

As for the "self-driving" - for liability, technology, and regulatory reasons, I think that's 5+ years for widespread adoption. And due to the size of the US vehicle fleet, it will be a very small percentage of overall vehicles for many years after that.
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