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Self-driving cars may mean 200 million fewer cars on the roads by 2030

  • Self-driving cars are a viable reality in the not-so-far-off future.
  • In order to dramatically alter transportation, autonomous vehicles need to be embraced by consumers and businesses.
  • But that shouldn’t be a problem, according to an optimistic new report by independent research group RethinkX.
  • RethinkX forecasts that 60% of vehicles on the road will be self-driving cars within 10 years of government approval of autonomous vehicles.
  • The group also anticipates each autonomous electric car replacing multiple private vehicles, which suggests the number of cars on the road will see a sharp decline.
  • Their estimates are somewhere around 44 million. For reference, there are around 247 million vehicles on the road currently. Read more (5/5/17)

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Just a few self-driving cars on each road could help curb America’s traffic problem

  • As self-driving cars reduce the number of human calculations made on the road, traffic may also start to dwindle, according to a recent study.
  • In Tucson, Arizona, a team of engineers placed an autonomous car on a circle track with at least 20 human-driven cars. They set controls on the autonomous car’s speed and found that it was able to smooth traffic on the track, regulating human drivers for the better and reducing total fuel consumption by about 40%.
  • “Our experiments show that, with as few as 5% of vehicles being automated and carefully controlled, we can eliminate stop-and-go waves caused by human driving behavior,” Daniel B. Work, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in the study’s release. Read more (5/10/17)