Economist Foresees Self-Driving Vehicle Gridlock, Suggests Road Pricing Is the Antidote

“The New Statesman’s” CityMetric features a column by economist Martin Adler, who warns that once autonomous vehicles become commonplace, they “might have us drowning in road congestion.” Adler recommends road pricing as an antidote, but he concedes the policy is a “toxic political endeavor” mistrusted by the public. He concludes, “Today, road pricing should be on all policy makers’ minds. In the autonomous not-so-far future, it’ll be the job of industry and the public to force the politicians’ hand.”