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Five talking points from the Transport 20-20 meeting in Amsterdam

1. It’s only a matter of time before autonomous vehicles take over

There was almost complete consensus in the room regarding the issue of self-driving vehicles during the latest meeting of the 20-20 club, which took place in Amsterdam.

Autonomous vehicles are coming. They will be safer. They will lead to less congestion and fewer emissions. And eventually all cars and buses in city centres will be electric driverless vehicles.

Anne-Claire Frank, an adviser to the City of Amsterdam, explained that her city is keen to be a living lab for autonomous vehicles. She is working with the city’s Chief Technology Office and the department of mobility and public space on an impact study to analyse the potential impact of self-driving vehicles on the city.

While some delegates predicted the end of taxi driving as a profession within 10 years, other delegates were not so convinced.

“It does not matter whether it is electric vehicles or driverless cars because we think cars are not the best solution for cities,” said Angelika Winkler, Head of Mobility Strategies in the City of Vienna.

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