A recent report warned that without the proper care and precaution some of the mobility forms of the future, including electric and self-driving vehicles, might not live up to their potential.
With self-driving electric cars and ride-sharing taxis expected to one day replace private cars, Israel has published a report that aims to become the basis of a policy paper helping Startup Nation get into gear for the upcoming smart transportation revolution.
The report, published by the National Economic Council and laying out two starkly opposed possible scenarios for the effects of smart transportation on a wide range of issues, such as urban planning, jobs, health and safety, will be distributed in the next few days to all government ministries.
Its goal is to jump-start government thinking and urge the ministries toward improved coordination, becoming the basis for a nationwide policy that will lead to the “positive adoption,” over the next two decades, of connected and self-driving cars.
The advent of electric, autonomous and connected cars is already underway in Israel in a number of pilot projects, and the penetration rate is expected to increase after 2025-2030, said the report, authored by Roni Bar of the council. These vehicles may be materially different from those we know today.
Although there is still much uncertainty over what form the new technologies will take, when they will mature and how they will be implemented, most global industry experts believe that they are expected to change how people and goods travel.
They are also expected to have a “dramatic impact” on the economy, including planning and construction, the energy market, state revenues, cost of living, the labor market, pollution, safety, public health and other areas, the report said.
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