walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Driverless taxis


"The study was led by Google consultant Lawrence D. Burns, the former vice president for research and development at General Motors. It found that Manhattan’s 13,000 taxis made 470,000 trips a day, transporting 1.4 passengers at an average speed of 10 to 11 mph, with an average wait time of five minutes.

The report suggested that a fleet of 9,000 automated vehicles hailed by smartphone could carry as many people with a wait time of less than one minute. It would be cheaper, too, an estimated 50 cents per mile compared to a current cost of $4 per mile, a calculation that assumes a 15 percent profit."
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