Chaos predicted as law-abiding robots join human drivers
November 2018

November 2018

Source: The Times

This article is about how the introduction of driverless cars to busy city centre streets risks causing traffic chaos and more congestion because law-abiding “robo-vehicles” will refuse to take risks. The article discusses the results of Arthur D. Little’s study ‘Capacity effect of autonomous vehicles’ which found that the first phase of self-driving cars — when they are expected to share roads with human drivers — may increase traffic jams by more than 16 per cent. Klaus Schmitz, a Partner at Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying that congestion is a growing issue in cities and that “our micro-simulation found that while fully autonomous vehicles would solve this problem, the initial scenario we are likely to see, with a mix of robot and human drivers actually leads to greater traffic jams. Things would get worse before they get better.”