Driverless Cars Will Reshape Our World
Posted at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25
Felix Salmon maps out the world as self-driving cars become widely adopted.
“Firstly, they probably won’t be operated on the owner-occupier model that we use for cars today, where we have to leave our cars parked for 97% of their lives… it makes much more sense to just join a network of such things, giving you the same ability to drive your car when you’re at home, or in a far-flung city… And the consequence of that is much less need for parking…and therefore the freeing up of lots of space currently given over to parking spots.”
“What’s more, the capacity of all that freed-up space will be much greater than the capacity of our current roads… we could wind up moving more people more miles for less total energy expenditure in cars — even when most of those cars continue to have just one person in them.”