Car of the Future is Driverless, Shared, Electric, UC Davis Survey says

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Car of the Future is Driverless, Shared, Electric, UC Davis Survey says

By Richard Bammer

The car of the future will be self-driving, shared and electric.

That’s according to a survey of the nation’s top transportation experts, announced Monday in a press release by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Those three technological revolutions are leading the rapid change in transportation, and the experts say government awareness and involvement are key to ensure that driverless vehicles benefit everyone and do not harm the environment, the survey’s authors said.

Google, Tesla, GM and the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft are expected to be at the forefront of the innovation described in the survey, Mollie D’Agostino, a spokeswoman for the university, wrote in the prepared statement.

Forty policymakers, researchers, and representatives from government, nonprofit organizations, and the technology and auto industries participated in the survey, which was developed in connection with the launch of ITS-Davis’ new Policy Initiative, “3 Revolutions: Sharing, Electrification and Automation.”

“For the first time in half a century, real, transformative innovations are coming to the world of passenger transportation,” said Dan Sperling, director of ITS-Davis and the new 3 Revolutions Policy Initiative. “This survey shows us that without thoughtful collaboration and community-facing policies, these changes would lead to increased inequities, vehicle travel, and greenhouse gas emissions. We need to be creative in order to steer these innovations to the public interest.”

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