Fifty years ago, you could buy a new Mercedes-Benz for the same price as a first-class return ticket from New York to Frankfurt. Now, any model from the prestige German marque costs several times as much as the most pampered transatlantic flight.
Why do people buy expensive cars with mediocre performance and then drive them themselves? Why not buy a cheap car and pay someone to drive you everywhere?
Singapore's low-cost labor market (due to open immigration) and 100 percent import tax on cars means the latter seems feasible. People here say that chauffeurs remain uncommon because people spend all their money on branded status symbols.
As we earn more, time becomes an increasingly more expensive resource, so it seems like people in SG should start with public transport, then upgrade to taking taxis more often, then upgrade to a car either driven by computer or someone else. Free up your time for more fun things.
Well, unless you happen to like sitting in gridlock....