Driverless cars will change the way we think of car ownership

*** Pondering from Feedback Reigns

The roads here in Melbourne are already packed, so we need to use them more efficiently.  One way to do this might be to use driverless electric taxis, combined with mass public transport, to reduce long road trips.  This would increase short road trips.  For example, a person could get to work using: (1) a driverless electric taxi to take them to a railway station near their home, (2) the train to get to a station close to work and (3) another taxi to take them to their work place.  This could all be pre-booked to minimize waiting time.

*** The article

The transition to fully driverless cars is still several years away, but vehicle automation has already started to change the way we are thinking about transportation, and it is set to disrupt business models throughout the automotive industry.

Driverless cars are also likely to create new business opportunities and have a broad reach, touching companies and industries beyond the automotive industry and giving rise to a wide range of products and services.

Results from a recent study by the International Transport Forum that modelled the impacts of shared driverless vehicle fleets for the city of Lisbon in Portugal demonstrates the impacts. It showed that the city’s mobility needs can be delivered with only 35% of vehicles during peak hours, when using shared driverless vehicles complementing high capacity rail. Over 24 hours, the city would need only 10% of the existing cars to meet its transportation needs.

The Lisbon study also found that while the overall volume of car travel would likely increase (because the vehicles will need to re-position after they drop off passengers), the driverless vehicles could still be turned into a major positive in the fight against air pollution if they were all-electric.

It also found that a shared self-driving fleet that replaces cars and buses is also likely to remove the need for all on-street parking, freeing an area equivalent to 210 soccer fields, or almost 20% of the total kerb-to-kerb street space.

Renew Economy: Hussein Dia on 6 November 2015

Key Words: Climate Change, technology
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