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Engineers urge local leaders to consider the impact of autonomous vehicles on roadways

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The Boston Consulting Group estimates that by 2030 almost a quarter of all miles driven in the U.S. will be by shared, selfdriving vehicles. ABI research indicates that in that same time period, 11 million shared driverless vehicles will be on the road globally — about 5% of the world's traffic. Experts agree driverless vehicles will signal a new era in transportation, but unless local leaders begin to plan for this future, putting thoughtful policy in place and creating the proper infrastructure, what should be a science fiction dream could turn into a dystopian nightmare. Sam Schwartz, author of "No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future," and former chief traffic engineer for New York City's Department of Transportation, makes the argument that cities should not let these technologies evolve organically. more


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