World Economic Forum: In a world of autonomous vehicles, this is why we’ll need more public transport than ever

The media is fascinated by autonomous vehicles (AVs), in particular, their safety and when or if they will arrive en masse. A bigger and more important question is how AVs will work together as fleets and whether they work with public transport to move more people with fewer vehicles to solve our urban congestion and pollution challenges.

There is growing consensus that while personal electric AVs may improve air quality, they will only make traffic worse in cities because replacing private autos one-for-one will not address congestion; and people may be so comfortable in their AV pods that they won’t mind sitting in traffic for hours. For the latter reason, researchers at ETH Zurich have suggested that cities prohibit the use of personal AVs.