Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Autonomous car & driving: impacts

The autonomous car & autonomous driving will have far-reaching impact, assuming full autonomy (level 5):
  • No more traffic congestion.
  • Fewer accidents, albeit with liability issues.
  • Less need for new infrastructure (including the hyperloop)? Maybe not, assuming more traffic participants (elderly, kids).
  • More cars, hence more traffic & energy consumption.
  • Less need for public transportation.
  • Less need for professional drivers.
  • More inclination towards sharing? Possibly not, as the car will evolve into an office or living room and hence becomes more personal.
  • Higher productivity (travel time becomes effective working hours).
  • Urbansisation slow-down, as living in rural areas becomes more feasible.

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