Worcester on the road to driverless vehicles

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WORCESTER — Fewer parking spaces and fewer cars per household. More demand for road maintenance, more congestion and more miles traveled per vehicle.

In a recent report, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau predicts major changes to the roadways in a future of autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing. And while admitting many uncertainties about the technology, the bureau advocates that the time to start planning for autonomous vehicles is now.

“We should think now of what (the future) is going to look like,” said Timothy J. McGourthy, executive director of The Research Bureau. “The infrastructure we build today will live into that new technology. We need to build infrastructure that is either adaptable in the future or is built today in a form that it will work with technology of today, and technology of tomorrow.”

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