Although it seems as though driverless cars are a thing of the future, based on the work Google has been doing, it could come much sooner than we think.
Since the beginning though, many people have questioned how exactly this will affect other people on the road, including bicyclists and pedestrians. One of the most recent questions is, will self-driving cars mean more traffic congestion?
According to a senior principal scientist for Toyota’s North American team who spoke with Bloomberg, U.S., history shows that when you make driving easier, people tend to move into more rural areas. It seems that this has been a pattern for quite some time. The scientist also believes that these areas may become more attractive if driving is made easier with a self-driving car.
One solution could be specific lanes for automated vehicles that come at a cost, similar to toll lanes in highly congested areas.
However, some are also questioning if the automated vehicles will be far more controllable than human-driven cars. Could states also set up limits on how many automated miles may be “driven” or what happens if the occupant is involved in an accident? Glitches in the systems of these automated vehicles could lead to serious car accidents.
Until the vehicles are completed, tested and approved for use in public roadways by everyday people, no one will really know how these vehicles could affect our current transportation system.
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