Driverless cars will almost certainly lead to much greater travel, assuming they are personally owned, as most cars are today.
But what about vehicles on sale today that already have partial automation? Will people use these cars differently? Tesla owners in the United States were surveyed and clustered into four groups: very frequent users, frequent users, semi-frequent users, and infrequent users.
Road type, weather conditions, and traffic conditions were the influencers: very frequent drivers used Autopilot 90%, frequent users engage automation close to 80%. Semi-frequent users are more cautious, using Autopilot on around 40% of trips and infrequent users are the most cautious, using automation for only a quarter of trips, and only on freeways without traffic in clear weather.
Read the article at Forbes.