Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spinning its wheels

Instead of being the saviour to the long morning commute, a new study says driverless vehicles could actually lead to more traffic congestion. More people would travel by car instead of using the train or bus, for example, and the extra traffic could potentially eliminate any environmental benefits from autonomous driving. The technology evidently still needs tinkering too, as Google accepted "some responsibility" for a collision one of its self-driving cars had with a bus last month. No injuries were reported, but Google will meet with California's Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss what went wrong in the accident. Regardless, drivers still have plenty of reasons to lean on the horn.

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