The National Economic Council report released from Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office recommends forming a clear policy in spheres of life that will be affected by the transport revolution.
The report on preparation in Israel for the smart transport revolution states, ‘There is a palpable risk that the smart transport revolution could aggravate congestion, driving, and parking problems, especially in city centres, due to new journeys and empty journeys (by autonomous vehicles), and because people will prefer car services to public transport, traveling on foot, and riding bicycles.’
According to Globes the report’s authors believe that its proposed policy will help maximise the economic advantages of the switch to smart transport in areas such as the campaign against traffic accidents, increasing productivity, and lowering the cost of living.
National Economic Council chairman Prof. Avi Simhon said in the report that the maximum savings for the economy resulting from such a policy could reach NIS 100 billion a year.
Globes reports that the key word used in the report is ‘uncertainty’. The National Security Council believes that electric and autonomous vehicles will become significantly cheaper within five years, and that around 2030, more autonomous and electric vehicles will be sold than ordinary gasoline-powered vehicles driven by people. The report is said to present both an optimistic and a pessimistic scenario on each of the main areas that will be affected by the transition to smart transportation.
The report was written by Dr. Roni Bar when she was a Mimshak fellow on the National Security Council as part of a research study by the Council setting forth the possible scenarios for effects of the switch to autonomous, electric, connected, and shared vehicles in transport, planning and building, energy and the environment, cost of living, and safety.