Audi Study Predicts: No Congestion in the City of the Future

Fleets of self-driving cars will help to solve traffic problems in cities in the long term. These benefits become even more apparent when coupled with smarter traffic management and a higher occupancy rate, i.e. increasing the average number of persons per car. If this figure rises moderately from 1.1 to 1.3 persons, because more people share a car, there is no more congestion during rush hour.

How much time will we save in a city with autonomous cars, ride sharing and smart traffic management? Answers are given by the Audi study “25th Hour – Flow”. Partnering with the traffic experts at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and the Munich consultancy MobilityPartners, the research simulated the future of mobility in Ingolstadt/Germany. According to the study, a lasting reduction in travel times can be achieved on a typical commute: in fully automated traffic by one third, even though over ten percent more people are on the road. The prerequisite is that the trend towards sharing takes hold.

Fleets of self-driving cars will help to solve traffic problems in cities in the long term. These benefits become even more apparent when coupled with smarter traffic management and a higher occupancy rate, i.e. increasing the average number of persons per car. If this figure rises moderately from 1.1 to 1.3 persons, because more people share a car, there is no more congestion during rush hour. In a fully automated, networked traffic system, more people (+12%) can be transported much more quickly (-33%) in commuter traffic (see animation).
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  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o
  • Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City o


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