NZ Transport needs could be met by just 50,000 self-driving cars, says NZTech

The AA isn't convinced by a claim New Zealand's road transport needs could be met by as few as 50,000 self-driving electric cars within 10 years.

Graeme Muller, chief executive of technology industry lobby group NZTech, said the calculation that only 50,000 cars might be needed was based on research done by Spark.

The radical vision would be vastly more efficient than maintaining the country's existing stock of 4.7 million vehicles, Muller said.

It would also mean the number of road accidents could be cut to fewer than 1000 a year, he said.

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