How Autonomous Vehicles Could Help Cut Down Emissions

July 18, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We do believe that EVs and Hydrogen cell vehicles are inching closer to be the future of automobiles. But equally anchoring on the forefront are autonomous vehicles, although being far behind the EVs in terms of commercial entry.

Eco admirers might not want these to overtake the pace of green vehicles, but researchers are listing out reasons to make them rethink.

A study carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory suggests that by the year 2030, more than 90 percent of the emissions will be cut down in the US alone, thanks to the proposed entry of autonomous vehicles.


The scenario is expected on the assumption that robocabs, or autonomous taxis, would be ruling the streets by the time our planet takes a few spins around the sun.

Theoretical observation suggests that the cost-effective running of these autocabs might encourage their flooding in the roads.

Even with their high purchase costs, the long-running finances will sure play the part in luring the vendors.

Some other assumptions have also been brought under the consideration of the study, like the belief that by the proposed year, vehicles would be re-designed to be more compact, which evidently would be saving energy, thus bringing down emissions.

Such a possibility would not just clean the world in a rate too much, but will lead the way for a greener environment than it would be with projected hybrid cars.

While it is believed that around 87 to 94 percent of the emissions can be cut down with the flourishing of autocabs, hybrid cars might account for only 63 to 82 percent of the emission dents.  The study has been published in the journal Nature.

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