Three new technologies could eliminate
your commuting nightmare.
BY EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Photograph by Gabriela Hasbun
Three emerging technologies could soon
transform the way we drive and go a long
way toward eliminating traffic jams.
In a new paper, Michael Ostrovsky of
Stanford GSB outlines these technologies —
congestion pricing, on-demand carpooling,
and self-driving cars — to show that when
combined, they will revolutionize our
“The stars are now aligned,” says
Ostrovsky, a professor of economics who
specializes in designing more efficient
markets. “The interplay between these
three new technologies puts us on the cusp
of fundamental changes in how people
drive and makes it possible to tackle the
congestion problems that have bedeviled
planners all over the world for years.”
Michael Ostrovsky is the Fred H.
Merrill Professor of Economics at