[source] Imagine all the lines in this map of French motorways and routes nationale to become virtual railway lines, offering high frequency public transport, offered by companies with self-driving vans. This could very well be the unintended (?) consequence of government efforts to make autonomous driving possible. Rather than being a new gadget, autonomous driving could largely kill the privately owned car; not because of some Green Stalin forbidding private car ownership, but because a large segment of the public will snub private car ownership, because it has found a cheaper, more comfortable alternative.
France could very well be the first country in Europe and the world to present a complete regulatory framework for making autonomous driving happen. Planned start date: September 2022.
Germany did adopt new regulations regarding autonomous driving last May, but failed to offer a complete regulatory framework, especially on the liability issue.
[mobile-interieur-gouv-fr] – For the first time in Europe, the Highway Code and the Transport Code are adapting to the arrival of automated driving vehicles on the roads of France
[connexionfrance.com] – France first EU country to adapt its highway code for self-drive cars
[mofo.com] – German Autonomous Driving Act Is Only the Next Step to Self-Driving Cars for Everyone
Volkswagen Moia. This people transporter still has a driver, but he could be phased out eventually, thanks to autonomous driving.