Road infrastructure is expensive, self-driving cars will demand more of it

For most in Minot, the idea of a self-driving car is pretty far off. For the companies chasing the opportunity, the technology is much closer than most realize. For a community like ours, this shift has big implications.

And the common assumption is that when it arrives, self-driving cars will reduce traffic and congestion. But a few are suggesting it will be the opposite, that self-driving cars will add traffic. Why? Because being in our cars will be so convenient, we’ll go more places more often. It’s the economic principle of induced demand.

And why is this getting editorial space on TheMinotVoice? These things matter as we contemplate our infrastructure future; roads are expensive. Read more about it from ScienceAlert.

This article was sourced from:

David Nield, Science Alert

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Josh Wolsky

Alderman for Minot, Editor and Publisher of TheMinotVoice, Developer of the #ForMinot Network,  Co-Host of #GoodTalk Minot, Advocate and Friend of the Souris River, and clearly -- all things #MakeMinot.

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