Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Urban Mobility System Upgrade

How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic

Policy Insights

  • Self-driving vehicles could change public transport as we currently know it.
  • The potential impact of self-driving shared fleets on urban mobility is significant. It will be shaped by policy choices and deployment options.
  • Active management is needed to lock in the benefits of freed space.
  • Improvements in road safety are almost certain. Environmental benefits will depend on vehicle technology.
  • New vehicle types and business models will be required.
  • Public transport, taxi operations and urban transport governance will have to adapt.
  • Mixing fleets of shared self-driving vehicles and privately-owned cars will not deliver the same benefits as a full TaxiBot/AutoVot fleet - but it still remains attractive.

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