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Governments failing to grapple with connected car infrastructure

Autonomous driving will never succeed without the development of largescale underlying infrastructure, including physical components such as parking and charging points, as well as mobile networks and regulatory aspects determining vehicle behavior. Surprisingly, little thought has been given to developing a coherent infrastructure integrating these diverse aspects, never mind how this may change the way people travel and interact with public transportation including rail. As a result, there is little consensus over what the intended consequences of autonomous driving should be, nor the unintended consequences that might result. A key point is that as autonomous driving unfolds it is quite likely that the infrastructure will encourage centralized control, under pressure for greater speed without compromising safety alongside efficient routing of…

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