Operations Research and Industrial Engineering assistant professor Ben Leibowicz, whose research interests include energy economics, technological change and energy and climate policy analysis, offered his thoughts on the potential harm that shared autonomous vehicles could have on the environment and suggestions for how policymakers and policies can regulate these vehicles to reduce the harm. His op-ed was published in the Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 29.

"This transportation revolution may seem like a positive development, but without careful planning, it could end up doing more harm than good. It’s true that shared autonomous vehicles have the potential to make road travel faster, easier and cleaner. Yet, there are reasons to suspect they could actually lead to heavier traffic, dirtier air and more greenhouse gas emissions ... Now is the time to ensure that these shared autonomous vehicles contribute to a sustainable transportation future," Leibowicz writes.

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