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Will driverless cars ease or exacerbate congestion? It depends how we use them

David Metz, University College London
10 June 2016
David Metz is an honorary professor at the Transport Institute, University College London, which is currently carrying out for the DfT a scoping study into the social and behavioural impacts of autonomous vehicles. Those who are interested in the topic are invited to make contact with the project manager, Tom Cohen. Email: tom.cohen@ucl.ac.uk
David Metz is an honorary professor at the Transport Institute, University College London, which is currently carrying out for the DfT a scoping study into the social and behavioural impacts of autonomous vehicles. Those who are interested in the topic are invited to make contact with the project manager, Tom Cohen. Email: tom.cohen@ucl.ac.uk

 

There is much interest in the possibilities for autonomous vehicles, in particular driverless cars. The focus is mainly on matters such as technological feasibility, the role of the driver, risks and insurance. What has not yet been sufficiently considered is the implications for traffic. How much difference would autonomous vehicles make? 

There are two broad routes to driverless cars. Mainstream auto manufacturers are equipping vehicles with devices that assist the driver. Adaptive...

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