improve urban quality of life. For example, the study found that the incorporation of fully autonomous vehicles could repurpose one traffic lane in a four-lane network and dedicate this new space to pedestrians or bicycles instead of vehicles. The study takes into account that, with an increasing number of autonomous cars, more senior citizens and children without a driver’s license have access to mobility, and convenient robo-taxis will compete with local public transportation.
“The results suggest that autonomous cars, mobility services, and networked infrastructure can significantly reduce congestion and road space. At the same time, more young and old people can travel safely and conveniently. In this way, the quality of life in cities will be improved dramatically. These findings encourage us to continue working for the future: with self-driving cars such as the Audi Aicon, services like Audi on demand, or networked technology such as Audi traffic-light information,” says Melanie Goldmann, head of Trend Communication at Audi.
“Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are changing our traffic systems and cities. This is an age of disruptive changes, artificial intelligence, great quantities of data and sensors, when smart infrastructure and high-performance computers outline new perspectives for efficient future urban mobility solutions. And AVs are appearing at the right time to take traffic management to a new level. But what does that mean for Audi? How do we manage traffic in the changing mobility ecosystems of the future? And, to be more concrete, how many AVs are needed to make the traffic flow noticeably better? What role is played here by the networking of cars with traffic infrastructure, for example with traffic lights? Apart from a quantum leap in terms of road safety, is it really true that we will get more bike paths, parks or playgrounds when self-driving cars navigate with high efficiency – and thus see a truly sustainable