Fortune: Driverless Cars May Mean Fewer Cars on the Road

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The study essentially posits this: if autonomous cars become the norm, they could be shared by two people in the same household. Say Jack and Diane are married and live in the center of a medium-sized city, one where there is no major public transportation to speak of. Their self-driving car could take Jack to his job in the suburbs, then return to the apartment, where Diane would get in and be shuttled to her job in another part of town. The two no longer need their own vehicles to get to work, and can share the one autonomous car without having to deal with car pooling or going out of their way.
Driverless cars could mean fewer cars on the road-Fortune.com.,
9 February 2015

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Driverless cars--likely ubiquitious in few decades--present a real challenge for city planners, civil engineers and the like.

  • If they mean fewer cars on the road, how soon?
  • How to calculate tax and revenues
  • Will there be exclusive driverless car roadways?
  • Will they reduce parking?
  • Should children ride without supervision
  • How will it change public transportation?

Obviously, we cannot answer these questions immediately, but they must be addressed at some point. Questions like these require all types of collective input. They epitomize why I created The 2040s Already Here.