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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

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    Last Updated: November 30, 2014


    jfruh writes Driverless vehicles are coming. The question is: what form will they take? Uber’s management has suggested that, rather than owning our own private autonomous, cars, we’ll all be glad to pay Uber by the trip for a private ride in one. But an Italian consultant working on experimental driverless vehicles in Europe thinks that the future will lie with automated buses, because driverless cars, “may be able to go and park themselves out of harm’s way, they may be able to do more trips per day, but they will still need a 10 ft wide lane to move a flow of 3600 persons per hour … their advantages completely fade away in an urban street, where the frequent obstacles and interruptions will make robots provide a performance that will be equal, or worse than, that of a human driver, at least in terms of capacity and density.”

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