As someone who (maybe unwise) likes to ride around in New York, I've long been looking for driver cars. They can't run full. They will not run like ruthless teenagers. They will not threaten to beat me to call my watch (true story).
Even better: they will be able to see and avoid me even on a dark and stormy night.
Or so I thought.
As it turns out, bicycles can slow down drivingless vehicle extensions. Case in point: Holland, cycling country.
According to a new KPMG report, the Netherlands is the country most prepared for autonomous vehicles. The country is working actively to start autonomous trucks on the plateaus on the highways. A legal framework has been developed to test OFF on public roads without drivers. and the country also prepares a driving license for AVs.
But if AVs will ever work in the Dutch cities is an open question. Therefore, as an executive quoted in the report, it says: "We have many bikes." It's an understatement. According to The Guardian there are an estimated 22.5 million bicycles for a population of 1
And as the article notes, the cyclist is unpredictable: "The varying size and agility of cyclists, with their sudden changes in speed and loose compliance with road rules, pose a major challenge to the current technology [AV]."
Such a great challenge that KPMG proposes to forget to ever integrate AV in a cycle-heavy environment: keep only AV and cyclists completely separate.
We don't have many cyclists in New York. The city estimates somewhere in the ballpark of 1.5 million free riders. But it is enough enough to ride our already narrow, lost streets to get my dream of a safe, driverless car future. (AV in Phoenix, however, has a completely different problem …)
Meanwhile, you would be good to wear a helmet and stop subtitling!