OECD Simulates a Self-Driving World

Greg Ferenstein has a good summary of an OECD simulation published back in May.

“What if all conventional cars in a city were replaced by a fleet of shared self-driving vehicles”?
The results of this exercise were very interesting.
We carried out a simulation on a representation of the street network of the city of Lisbon, using origin and destination data derived from a fine-grained database of trips on the basis of a detailed travel survey.

The results were:

  • Total vehicles barely changed
  • Lots of land was freed up because parking was no longer necessary
  • Total vehicles driving at any one time decreased by 67%

The full writeup is here.