Getting around more easily

Driverless vehicles will change the way we move around. They are likely to provide increased freedom and mobility for the elderly, young and people with disabilities.

Rather than buying a vehicle, autonomous vehicles could be used instead as a service, potentially reducing vehicle ownership.

There might also be fewer cars on the road, which could cut congestion - although some experts have also suggested the opposite could happen.

Smart and autonomous vehicles will be connected and communicate with each other which could help smooth traffic flows, easing congestion, and reduce the amount of road space, signage and traffic control devices we require.

However, the number of vehicle trips made could potentially increase with the convenience of autonomous vehicles and their ability to make trips without occupants.

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