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Martin, Zachary “Regional Spatial Use with Autonomous Vehicles” (2020)


The introduction of autonomous vehicles will reshape regional land use and populations. A bottleneck traffic model and monocentric city model combine to show how cities will evolve in the presence of both autonomous and standard vehicles. Autonomous vehicles will cost more, but the time spent commuting will be more pleasant and the vehicles will flow more easily through the bottleneck. Among the many results of the model, as the autonomous vehicle advantage in flow rate increases, the measure of drivers will increase though they will live in a smaller area and the measure of autonomous car users will increase and the size of the commuting region will expand.

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“Work and Home Location Choice in Iowa” with Peter Orazem

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