Danish study suggests self-driving cars could increase congestion

A new study in Denmark has predicted that the popularity of driverless vehicles could lead to an increase in congestion, reports The Copenhagen Post.

The research by the Danish Road Directorate suggests that by the time all cars in Denmark are self-driving, any space savings resulting from the vehicles’ ability to travel closer together would quickly be filled with more cars.

As a result, says the study, traffic could increase by 14% across Denmark – and even more in metropolitan areas, according to the paper.

The Post quotes Andreas Egense, head of the Directorate’s analysis unit, as saying: “Because self-driving cars can drive closer, we can manage our roads better. But it will also become more attractive to travel when self-driving cars are the norm.”