Optimists predict that the driverless future will greatly reduce traffic congestion, lower the need for parking lots and garages, and create new mobility options for poor and low income people, but skeptics predict there will be more traffic congestion, more need for parking, and fewer options for poor and needy.
Technology will soon allow an unprecedented ability to monitor all sorts of data that can be used to design pricing strategy to achieve a goal of less congestion.
“Poor planning in the last century — bulldozing highways through urban neighborhoods, and failing to charge drivers for contributing to air pollution, among others — burdened cities ever since with massive traffic jams, air pollution, deaths and injuries from accidents, among other problems. The question now: Can urban planners and civic leaders avoid making the same mistakes again?”
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.