Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America, was asked: Can you paint a vivid picture of your nightmare scenario of what our cities look like when AVs are all over the roads?
“My nightmare scenario, which I can visualize perfectly,” she responded, “is sitting in the middle of stand-still traffic in which I am the only human being there. And all the other cars are clogging up the roads but there are no people in any of them.”
The full response can be found here:
It’s a podcast with Slate, and this episode is the best exploration I’ve heard of the context for autonomous vehicles (and what the history of Motordom can tell us).