GetOffYourGas wrote:Certainly a local maximum. A global maximum over all time? It's laughable to say we can make that claim today.
With self-driving cars on the horizon, we could be in for a huge leap in miles driven "per person". Picture car sharing. Self-driving cars drive without passengers in between passenger-carrying trips. All of those miles must be distributed among the people who are sharing the car.
Yes, AVs will undoubtedly boost VMT, and no one is claiming that world VMT is decreasing, not with China and India both expanding car sales.
the only way to control VMT on single-passenger AVs is through restrictions on where they can operate, or else congestion charges.