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1 min read •

Chaos predicted as law-abiding robots join human drivers

This article is about how the introduction of driverless cars to busy city centre streets risks causing traffic chaos and more congestion because law-abiding “robo-vehicles” will refuse to take risks. The article discusses the results of Arthur D. Little’s study ‘Capacity effect of autonomous vehicles’ which found that the first phase of self-driving cars — when they are expected to share roads with human drivers — may increase traffic jams by more than 16 per cent. Klaus Schmitz, a Partner at Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying that congestion is a growing issue in cities and that “our micro-simulation found that while fully autonomous vehicles would solve this problem, the initial scenario we are likely to see, with a mix of robot and human drivers actually leads to greater traffic jams. Things would get worse before they get better.”

1 min read •

Chaos predicted as law-abiding robots join human drivers

DATE

December 2018

This article is about how the introduction of driverless cars to busy city centre streets risks causing traffic chaos and more congestion because law-abiding “robo-vehicles” will refuse to take risks. The article discusses the results of Arthur D. Little’s study ‘Capacity effect of autonomous vehicles’ which found that the first phase of self-driving cars — when they are expected to share roads with human drivers — may increase traffic jams by more than 16 per cent. Klaus Schmitz, a Partner at Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying that congestion is a growing issue in cities and that “our micro-simulation found that while fully autonomous vehicles would solve this problem, the initial scenario we are likely to see, with a mix of robot and human drivers actually leads to greater traffic jams. Things would get worse before they get better.”