Is there gold in self-driving car domain names?I’m optimistic about the future and the innovations it will bring. Last week I published a post on UpMoney about trends and technologies that are changing our world.
One of these technologies is self-driving cars, which will have a profound effect on society and many industries beyond car manufacturers.
I own a handful of driverless car-related domain names, but none of best domain names.
One of the challenges of investing in domain names related to driverless cars is that terminology is not settled. Will they be driverless cars, self-driving cars or autonomous cars? Or will they be called merely “cars”?
Google recently registered SelfDriving.car/.cars/.auto, Self-Driving.car/et al and Driverless.car/et al.
The hyphen in self-driving ads another level of complexity.
The best domain names for autonomous cars have already been registered, and most owners ar are asking a hefty amount. Here are the domains, who owns them, when they were registered and if they’re listed for sale on a major marketplace:
Domain / Owner / Reg Date / For Sale?
Self-Driving.com / Chinese registrant / 2010 / Yes
SelfDriving.com / Corey Donovan / 2004 / No [Update 11/16: the owner informed me it’s now for sale.]
Driverless.com/ Frank Schilling / 2004/ Yes
Self-DrivingCars.com / DomainNestEggs.com / 2006 / Yes
SelfDrivingCars.com / Digital Domains / 2003 / Yes
DriverlessCars.com / O. Sudarsono / 2009 / Yes (35 offers on Sedo)
AutonomousCars.com / Robokingdom / 2007 / No
Self-DrivingCar.com / DomainNestEggs.com / 2005 / Yes
SelfDrivingCar.com / HugeDomains / 2009 / Yes $950k
DriverlessCar.com / eTicket Domains / 2004 / Yes
AutonomousCar.com / Seth Hollar / 2007 / No