The National Academy of Sciences released a report on how the United States could cut gasoline use and transport emissions 80 percent by 2050 — a key step toward addressing global warming and U.S. oil dependency. It would be difficult, the report said, but a big push on electric vehicles, advanced biofuels and efficiency could get us there.
Driverless cars could be more fuel-efficient. Self-driving cars and trucks will be able to bunch close together at steadier speeds. Traffic jams and accidents will become less as robotic driving reduces problems. The new technology could provide solutions to some of our most intractable social problems—the high cost of traffic crashes and transportation infrastructure, the millions of hours wasted in traffic jams, and the wasted urban space given over to parking lots.
Read more in this PDF from KPMG.