Experts foresee robot cars chauffeuring children to school, dance class and baseball practice.
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Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience.Experts foresee robot cars chauffeuring children to school, dance class and baseball practice.Cars that can drive themselves under limited conditions are expected to be available within five to 10 years.Increased trips in autonomous cars by those two age groups would boost miles traveled by an additional 2 trillion miles annually by 2050, KPMG calculated. If self-driving cars without passengers start running errands, the increase could be double that. Those advantages will be limited as long as driverless cars share roads with conventional cars, likely for decades.It found that as long as half of travel is still carried out by conventional cars, total vehicle miles traveled will increase from 30 to 90 percent, suggesting that even widespread sharing of driverless cars would mean greater congestion for a long time.Airlines also may face new competition as people choose to travel by car at speeds well over 150 kph between cities a few hundred kilometers apart instead of flying. Taxes based on the number of miles a personal vehicle travels are another way to discourage car travel.
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