A study commissioned by Uber and Lyft shows that application vehicles contribute to worsening congestion in major US cities. The analysis takes into account data collected by companies and authorities from the sites surveyed: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. The companies admit that they help to increase the high traffic indicators, but point out that their cars account for a small portion of the distance traveled by all cars.
Research shows that despite tremendous growth over the past decade, the use of transport network companies is still small compared to all other traffic, and although (companies) are likely to contribute to increased congestion, its scale is smaller than expected. that of private cars and commercial traffic.
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Application cars account for up to 13.4% of US city traffic Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo
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The survey also points out that cars run with passengers for about half of the distance, ranging between 54% and 62% of mileage. Of the total, 10% is consumed on the way to fetch a user. About one third account for driving without active races.
In the city of So Francisco, 13.4% of the congestion caused by application cars. Seattle was the one with the smallest influence of hitchhiking apps on city traffic. In the overall picture of the six locations, private cars account for between 87% and 99% of street traffic.
The study suggests that one of the problems is the high concentration of vehicles in central zones. One of the solution possibilities raised is the levying of fees for drivers who wish to drive private cars in the center, to encourage them to leave the vehicle in the garage and adopt a shared mode.
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