DRIVERLESS cars may trigger traffic chaos as motorists dodge paying for parking, an academic has warned.
Rather than stump up for a space, owners are expected to let their empty vehicles slowly cruise around, clogging up city streets.
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Prof Adam Millard-Ball likened it to drivers circling airport arrivals areas to avoid paying — but it would lead to “robotfuelled gridlock”.
His study used game theory and a traffic simulation model to predict how San Francisco may be affected.
It found just 2,000 driverless cars could slow traffic to below 2mph.
Prof Millard-Ball, an environmental studies expert, told journal Transport Policy: “Autonomous vehicles can get around paying for parking by cruising.
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“They have every incentive to create havoc.” It would cost them about 30p an hour compared to £26 a day in congestion charges and fees to park for the day in a major city.
And he said robot car owners should pay a congestion charge like in London, Stockholm and Singapore.
The professor said: “Self-driving cars need to pay for using city streets — otherwise chaos will ensue.”
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