Randal O’Toole on reducing congestion, why high-speed rail fails, and the viability of driverless cars

Victor Joecks

Last week the Nevada Policy Research Institute hosted Cato transportation expert Randal O’Toole.

Randal gave a really interesting presentation on a wide range of transportation issues, including how to reduce traffic congestion, why high-speed rail is expensive and attracts minimal ridership and … the viability of driverless cars within the next 10 years.

Yes, you read that last part right – the technological viability of driverless cars in the next 10 years. If you think that sounds like science fiction, read the RJ’s Adrienne Packer’s review of O’Toole’s presentation.

If O’Toole’s prediction is correct, those of us who shudder and wince at the thought of leaving behind our convenient and comfortable vehicles can rest easy.

He firmly believes driverless vehicles will lead the way in transportation revolution.

Goofy science fiction, right? Admittedly, I rolled my eyes too. But O’Toole’s presentation was intriguing.

Intrigued? Then watch for yourself.

For more information on O’Toole’s work, check out his blog, The AntiPlanner.