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The transition to driverless self-driving cars would be to first have self-driving cars that still have a licensed driver in the driver's seat. Thinking through the scenario you posit in your article much if not all of the increased congestion doesn't occur. Communities may elect to never go to driverless, just as many have elected not to implement open- or concealed-carry gun laws for safety reasons. In other words we may eventually trust cars to drive themselves, but not without a human being in the driver's seat. I think that is big leap for ordinary people who are not enamored of the shiny tech. 30K+ people a year die in car accidents (most not wearing seatbelts, but still...) Death by automobile is still a real hazard in the US.
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