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Is it possible that driverless cars are being very slightly overhyped?

Phil Goodwin
29 May 2015

“Automated vehicles will ‘change cities forever’” said a headline in the last issue, summarising a report commissioned by OECD/International Transport Forum. It introduced what seems to me to be an entirely new dimension into the discussion, namely that a universal system of autonomous cars could result in an increase in total car miles driven, due to vehicles moving from one user to the next, and a possible disruptive effect on traditional mass public transport systems....

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Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England, Bristol, and emeritus professor at University College London. Email:



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