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To plan for future or not? US cities face tough bets on driverless cars

Transit advocates fear that unrealistic hopes for new technology - and how soon it'll get here - could lead cities down the wrong path.

Emily Badger | NYT 

Autonomous vehicles that will outperform buses, cost less than Uber and travel faster than cars stuck in traffic today are two years away. Or 10. Or 30. But visions of the future they’ll bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars — and how soon they’ll get here — could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven’t ...

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First Published: Sun, July 22 2018. 00:13 IST
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