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Expert Voices

Routing software could help ease congestion, even before AVs

Masses of vehicles move slowly on the Montrose Ave overpass in Chicago at dusk
The Montrose Avenue overpass in Chicago. Photo: Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Cities are souring on the controlled chaos of current ride-hailing systems, and fleet management systems could work in concert with policy and infrastructure to mitigate the issue.

Why it matters: If autonomous vehicles make ride-hailing cheaper and more efficient, city traffic could slow even further — but fleet management systems could help cities manage the challenge, ideally before AVs are widely deployed.