Driverless electric cars could 'cut air pollution to almost zero and make car parks obsolete within 10 years'

The Independent 

Self-driving electric cars could make car parks obsolete within the next 10 years and reduce air pollution to almost zero in Scotland's cities, an expert has predicted. The vehicles are likely to be commonplace by 2030, said Simon Tricker, of "smart cities" specialist UrbanTide, which uses technology and data to improve city planning. "Scottish local authorities are already thinking about what city streets will look like in a decade's time - and the answers are pretty astounding," he said. Private companies can't be trusted on driverless cars, minister warns Ford to offer driverless commercial vehicles by 2021 Driverless car safety revolution could stall over moral dilemma Ministers pledge to put UK at heart of driverless car revolution Private companies can't be trusted on driverless cars, minister warns "Self-driving cars won't need parking spaces in cities - they're likely to be rented rather than owned and will just head off and carry out their next journey after dropping passengers off. Many car parking spaces which we now take for granted will simply become obsolete.