There is a lot of buzz around driverless — or “autonomous” — cars. Here at Active Trans, we’re trying to learn more about how these vehicles could affect traffic safety and the use of biking, walking and transit to get around.
On the positive side, proponents of these technological wonders promise they will be much safer than vehicles driven by distracted, impatient and mistake-prone human beings.
However, there are concerns that autonomous vehicles won’t adequately detect people on bikes and foot. If this issue is adequately addressed, the potential safety benefits could be huge, and this fact alone makes us excited about autonomous vehicles.
At the same time, we wonder how these vehicles might affect our dependence on cars and the ease with which people can use...