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Introducing self-driving taxis would have far-reaching consequences for municipal public transport.

A simulation of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation entirely in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles also are available.

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A simulation of the city of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles also are available.

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland simulated how the city's traffic might change if automated taxis were introduced at some point over the next 20 years.

The team found that offering a ridesharing service would not decrease the number of private vehicles on the city’s streets, while automated transportation could increase the total number of kilometers driven in the city.

The simulation was created with MATSim, a simulation platform that researchers at ETH Zurich and TU Berlin in German have been refining for more than 10 years.

From ETH Zurich
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