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    Empty Cars Will Destroy Your Commute

    With current occupancy averaging around 1.1 riders per vehicle, rising to even 1.2 could eliminate congestion in many cities. That marginal math cuts both ways: 1.0 or lower means gridlock. That’s why autonomous vehicle advancement alarms transportation planners: Robot ride-sharing puts zero-occupancy vehicles in motion, on their way to and from rides or simply cruising for fares.

    What’s the solution? Totally old school, writes one high-occupancy tech exec: Employ the existing hierarchy that favors vehicles carrying more people. Don’t give AVs access to, say, carpool lanes without humans inside.

    Read OZY’s Immodest Proposal on congestion pricing.

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