For this column last month I wrote about how policymakers around the world have taken a varied approach to the regulation and adoption of autonomous vehicle technology. Most governments are looking to address public concerns about safety, security, and privacy, without hampering innovation.
Another benefit of the new technology could be a reduction in emissions and congestion, when paired with shared and electric mobility. According to the World Economic Forum, if shared and electric (and later autonomous) vehicles are properly integrated, cities can reduce their emissions by up to 95% and free road space for other uses. A new WEF report released in July pulls together successful policies from around the world to demonstrate to cities how they can achieve this.