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Driverless taxis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/28/googles-new-driverless-car-has-no-brakes-or-steering-wheel/

"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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