April 13, 2024

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

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In the future traffic flow will be increased significantly with autonomous cars, ride sharing and smart traffic management. People will have more time, cities more space. However, if we assume that cities do without digitalized infrastructure, the basic conditions for autonomous driving do not exist and ride-sharing is not given a chance, while demand for mobility rises as a result of urbanization and higher urban density, gridlock might be the result.

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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