Automated cars may be the next revolutionary step in transport, and could appear within the next decade, according to new research.
The study found that if self-driving “TaxiBots” appeared on the streets of major capitals, it would significantly ease city traffic.
The research refers to hypothetical “self-driving cars” that could be “shared simultaneously by several passengers.”
The scientists conducted their research by developing a model of mobility patterns based on Lisbon. They simulated the presence of TaxiBots: possible pick-up and drop-off locations, as well as waits times, and the way the dispatcher system might work.