Autonomous Vehicles Could Worsen Urban Congestion, New Study Finds

Overcrowded downtowns could see an increase in traffic thanks to autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, according to a new report released by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group with the city of Boston. Using surveys and traffic simulations, the study found that AVs would draw travelers away from mass transit options and encourage automobile use for short trips in city centers.Read More

Autonomous Car Crashes: Who — or What — Is to Blame?

Two recent fatal accidents involving autonomous vehicles have raised concerns about the future of driverless technology. In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton, PVMI Director John Paul MacDuffie discusses the importance of being compassionate and responsible on the frontier of autonomous vehicle development.Read More

Changing Gears: A Review of Faster, Smarter, Greener

The future of mobility faces a plethora of possible solutions, from electric vehicles to self-driving and connected cars, even declining car ownership in favor of eco-friendly and intelligent public transportation. Along with co-authors Venkat Sumantran, and David Gonsalvez, PVMI member Charles Fine has released a timely new book attempting to read these trends and offer authoritative predictions for the industry.Read More

Will Self-Driving Electric Vehicles Make Conventional Cars Worthless?

In the coming years, conventional cars will be as obsolete as rolling typewriters, according to RethinX, a Bay Area think tank. With the emergence of electric vehicles and Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS), experts disagree about the likely adoption rate of shared autonomous transportation. Read More

How the Waymo-Uber Lawsuit Could Rewrite Intellectual Property Rules

Alphabet’s recent lawsuit against Uber for patent infringement and stealing trade secrets may lead to a reevaluation of competition and intellectual property protection within the automobile industry. According to PVMI Director John Paul MacDuffie,”These are trade secrets that are incredibly hot and at the heart of a fierce and fast-pacedRead More