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AVs could improve transportation access in "transit deserts"

Illustration of a road with a middle section highlight in red, with a red car speeding on it
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More large U.S. cities are seeing their outer reaches turn into transit deserts, where demand for transportation vastly exceeds supply.

The big picture: Economic inequality and urban sprawl have contributed to the problem, which generates barriers to health care access, employment and even everyday shopping. Connecting public transit systems with automated vehicles — whether in ride-sharing or shuttle services — could offer one solution.

Lyft schools commuters with Scootiquette

A close-up of the top of a Lyft electric scooter.
Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lyft gave clinics in "Scootiquette" — scooter etiquette — at the South by Southwest festival in Austin this week.

Details: "You're not really an asshole," the booklet says. "The madness of scootopia? It's not your fault."