Will we own or share our autonomous vehicles? The implications for transport infrastructure and road congestion are significant and policy makers must act now to avoid jeopardising the productivity and liveability of Australian cities.
In the near future, autonomous, electric vehicles will become the primary form of transport in our cities with significant implications for infrastructure and road congestion.
The cost of road congestion in Australian capital cities is already predicted to grow from $16.5 billion in 2015 to $30.0 billion in 20301. Adding autonomous vehicles to the mix could have two divergent impacts on this trend:
We know from experience that it is not possible to build our way out of congestion with more and wider roads. Instead, the autonomous era demands an intelligent and proactive response from policy makers. We need to act now to avoid jeopardising the productivity and liveability of our cities.
Governments must begin taking action now to safeguard the liveability and productivity of our cities in the autonomous era. KPMG recommends the following actions to policy makers:
The autonomous era will drive both urban sprawl and consolidation. Policy makers must act now to safeguard the productivity of our cities.
Congestion is one of the biggest challenges facing Australian cities and regions. A road pricing trial must be implemented to improve productivity.