How Driverless Cars Could Drive Even Deeper Economic Inequality

Trulia’s chief economist says that as the wealthy move to the exurbs and work in their cars during their long commutes, it will change the fabric of our communities. How can we fix it?

The reports of suburbia’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The emergence of driverless cars–like past innovations in transportation technology–will actually put significant pressure on our cities to expand. As this pressure increases, rich, white-collar workers will be more likely to live in prosperous areas beyond the suburbs. This shift will bring important–but familiar–policy challenges as segregation increases across our largest cities.