"Shuttles that are electrically powered and drive autonomously are an important part of the public transport system of the future," says Jochen Benz of ZF Mobility Solutions. "In rural areas," he explains, "they contribute to better accessibility, while in inner-city areas they help reduce individual traffic thanks to their smaller vessel size and the resulting faster timing of routes."
The potential of the use of autonomous e-shuttles was determined by the Boston Consulting Group and the University of St. Gallen. And according to the study, autonomous shuttles for up to 22 people would have the greatest effect in narrow megacities such as New York or Shanghai. According to the study authors, it is precisely these cities that are facing traffic collapse. Shuttle usage could free up space otherwise occupied by parking in New York, equivalent to six times the size of Central Park.