Autonomous cars will increase traffic congestion unless the industry collaborates to develop the technology, according to a new study.
A white paper published by maps provider HERE and automotive consultancy company SBD urges manufacturers to move away from an “each-to-their-own” approach and start working towards what it calls Collaborative Autonomous Cars.
This would include more cooperation between autonomous car manufacturers to establish vehicle, road network and infrastructure data exchanges in conjunction with local, state and national transportation agencies.
According to the white paper, there are two main factors that determine how autonomous cars will impact traffic conditions: the level of automation, and the level of user adoption.
It argues that basic levels of autonomy could have a minimal but positive impact in reducing congestion, but higher levels of autonomy could affect congestion negatively if user adoption is low. It sees collaboration between manufacturers as key to easing the transition to more autonomous cars on the road.