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Will autonomous vehicles drive traffic congestion off a cliff?

By Joan Lowy ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-05-21 07:58:33

Experts foresee robot cars being overused due to ease of use

Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.

Experts foresee robot cars chauffeuring children to school, dance class and baseball practice. The disabled and elderly will have new mobility. Commuters will be able to work, sleep, eat or watch movies on the way to the office. People may stay home more because they can send their cars to do things like pick up groceries they've ordered online.

Will autonomous vehicles drive traffic congestion off a cliff?

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