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Self-Driving Cars can lead to More Traffic Congestion: Research

This research investigated commuters' views on autonomous vehicle ownership and use, vehicle sharing, and their attachment to conventional vehicles

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The key factors affecting the transition to autonomous vehicles are commuter attitudes to Car ownership and wanting to drive themselves, rather than have technology do it for them, as well as the price of new technology, and consumer attitudes to car sharing. Pixabay

Researchers have predicted that self-driving cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers’ attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness to share their rides.

For the study published in the journal Urban Policy and Research, the research team used Adelaide city in Australia as a test model and surveyed more than 500 commuters, including a mix of those who travel to work by car and public transport, and modelled the potential impacts.

“Autonomous or driverless vehicles are likely to have profound effects on cities. Being able to understand their impact will help to shape how our communities respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said the study’s co-author Raul Barreto from the University of Adelaide.

This research investigated commuters’ views on autonomous vehicle ownership and use, vehicle sharing, and their attachment to conventional vehicles.

The research team has also explored potential vehicle flow, with a mix of autonomous and conventional vehicles.

According to the researchers, the key factors affecting the transition to autonomous vehicles are commuter attitudes to car ownership and wanting to drive themselves, rather than have technology do it for them, as well as the price of new technology, and consumer attitudes to car sharing.

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Self-driving Cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers’ attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness to share their rides. Pixabay

“Our evidence suggests that as riders switch to autonomous vehicles, there will be an adverse impact on public transport. With most commuters not interested in ride sharing, this could increase peak period vehicle flows, which is likely to increase traffic congestion over the next 30 years or so,” Barreto said.

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“Under both scenarios we tested, the number of vehicles overall will eventually drop. However, total vehicle trips may increase, and some of the predicted benefits of autonomous vehicles may not eventuate until a lengthy transition period is complete.” (IANS)

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India’s Domestic Air Passenger Traffic Rose 3.74% in 2019: Report

India's 2019 domestic air passenger traffic up nearly 4%

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The domestic air passenger traffic in India rose 3.74 per cent in 2019. Pixabay

India’s domestic air passenger traffic rose 3.74 per cent in 2019 on a year-on-year basis, as per official data on business in India released on Monday.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), passengers ferried by domestic airlines during the said year rose to 14.41 crore as against 13.89 crore for the corresponding period of the previous year.

However, on a sequential basis, the 2019 growth rate was far lower than the 18.60 per cent increase in passenger traffic during 2018.

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As per the DGCA data, domestic air passenger traffic growth rate in December 2019 rose a mere 2.56 per cent to 1.30 crore from 1.26 crore for the corresponding month of the previous fiscal. Pixabay

“In 2019, we faced headwinds on account of Jet Airways but 2020 is going to be different and the double-digit growth should be back sooner rather than later,” a senior DGCA official said.

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As per the DGCA data, air passenger traffic growth rate in December 2019 rose a mere 2.56 per cent to 1.30 crore from 1.26 crore for the corresponding month of the previous fiscal. (IANS)