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Pedestrian crossings could “grind traffic to a halt” in a driverless future

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An automotive industry official has suggested that gates may be needed at pedestrian crossings if driverless cars take over our roads. 

Mark Rosekind, a head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Barack Obama and now the chief safety innovation officer for Zoox, said that if pedestrians know they’ll never be run over, jaywalking could explode, grinding traffic to a halt.

Rosekind told The New York Times that the societal part will be the most challenging aspect of a driverless future and something that would need to be addressed. He suggested that having ‘gates at each corner, which would periodically open to allow pedestrians to cross’ could be a possible solution.

According to The New York Times Rosekind said that self-driving cars represent ‘the single-most transformative societal changes in decades. We have to be ready for it.’

 
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