Don't worry, an algorithm has you covered, future NYC resident.

A paper in this week's suggests that doesn't have to be the case.

Using a real-world database of fully autonomous travel—a week's worth of New York City taxi rides—the authors demonstrate an algorithm that can service travel needs in real time with minimal waits for a ride.

The result would be far fewer cars on the road.

Even with standard cabs, only a quarter of today's taxi fleet would be required to service all the ride requests.

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