June 6, 2014 By Kirsten Han - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Driverless cars could take up to four-fifths of the traffic off the roads of Asia's congested cities, in combination with sharing schemes, an expert told a city planning conference Tuesday.
"In the end what is exciting, I think, is you're going to have less cars on the road," said Carlos Ratti, director of the SENSEable City Lab run by US-based university MIT.
Smart technology allows resource sharing to improve the efficiency of urban infrastructure, he said, citing AirBnB, a Web-based forum for renting private accommodation, as an example.
His research showed that combining sharing programs with autonomous cars could allow cities in Asia and elsewhere to meet their mobility requirements with 20 percent of the traffic currently on their congested roads, he said.
Singapore was "monitoring very closely" the development of such systems, said Chua Chong Kheng, deputy chief executive of the Land Transport Authority.