While the self-driving car is looked upon as the holy grail to traffic congestion, the San Diego Union-Tribune looks at studies that show how — once the autonomous vehicles become as indispensable as a mobile phone — travel will actually increase, potentially causing "greater congestion for a long time."
"To make the shared-vehicle model work, government would have to impose congestion pricing on highways, restrict parking in urban centers, add more high-occupancy vehicle lanes and take other measures to discourage people from traveling alone in their self-driving cars.
Land-use policies may need to be adjusted to prevent sprawl, or people will move beyond the fringes of metropolitan areas for low-cost housing because they can work while commuting at high speeds. Taxes based on the number of miles a personal vehicle travels are another way to discourage car travel.
All these policy changes would be controversial and difficult to achieve.
|Time Travel Could be a Real Possibility Say Scientists|
|UFO Shuts Down Chinese Airport. Again. (RT @AlanLupsha)|
|Hammerhead: Minimal, LED-Based Bicycle Navigation|
|Time to Clean the "Death Zone"|
|45-Foot Paper Airplane Launched Over Arizona|
|“The prospects and future of AI.”|
|“Social robots will be uniquely personal.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”|