Reshaping the city
Autonomous vehicles will enable cities to reshape the urban environment and reduce on-street parking needs, but they will still require maintenance and staging areas.
And while AVs are set to compete with low-frequency and low-speed public transit, they won’t be a substitute for high-capacity, high-quality subway and bus systems, says Sidewalk Labs in its Autonomous Vehicles and Cities report.
Also, Sidewalk reckons that AVs will defiinitely reduce crashes but likely not by the 90% figure many are touting.
The research also finds that – in line with other areas of automation – the overall employment impact of AVs will depend on whether the traditional driving jobs that fall away will be compensated by those created for maintenance and customer services.
As far as regulation is concerned, road pricing could well be the most important tool government has to ensure that AVs do not lead to a road space grab, and to promote the shared usage of for-hire AVs, Sidewalk believes.
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