Opinion: No, Robocars Won’t Circle Around To Avoid Paying For Parking

Since people first started talking about self-driving cars, some have asked the cynical question, “Hey, in order to save money on parking, won’t people just tell their car to circle around the streets until their owner is ready to be picked up?”

Recently, a paper by Adam Millard-Ball of UC Santa Cruz offered deeper analysis of this question, and to my surprise, suggested that it might actually be economical for people to do this. If they did, it would clog roads and be highly antisocial, which is a matter of concern.