An interesting article by Yuki Noguchi, who interviewed professor Hesham Rakha from Virginia Tech concerning the effects of automated cars on roadway traffic.
Automated cars are expected to eliminate human-error accidents and potentially enable more efficient use of roadways. However, based on traffic simulations, professor Rakha tells that he cannot predict whether automated cars will improve traffic congestion.
“I don’t know the answer,” he says. “If the road is less congested, more people are going to be attracted to that road, and so basically it will become congested because it’s supply and demand.”
The full article is here. Read it and enjoy it!