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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Self-Driving Cars May Cruise Rather than Park

This points to the possibilities of 'unintended consequences', which we have to watch for when building in autonomous tech.  But this alarmist view suggests that these advances won't be regulated, taxed and re-goaled by municipalities everywhere.  Not likely.

Mean Streets: Self-Driving Cars Will 'Cruise' to Avoid Paying to Park  in RD Magazine  by University of California - Santa Cruz

If you think traffic in city centers is bad now, just wait until self-driving cars emerge on the scene, cruising around to avoid paying hefty downtown parking fees.

Even worse, because cruising is less costly at lower speeds, self-driving cars will slow to a crawl as they "kill time," says transportation planner Adam Millard-Ball, an associate professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. ... "

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