Minnesota small towns envision a driverless future

But that model is designed primarily for cities or suburbs where lots of people live relatively closely together. And that could leave a lot of people who could really benefit from driverless vehicles out in the cold, said Douma, who directs the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
“People who can’t drive, whether they have different physical abilities, or they are too poor, or they’re getting older and they can no longer drive, could all benefit from self-driving technologies,” he said. “But if you don’t have the market model that works in cities, you don’t get those benefits.”