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Driverless cars have a dirty downside, says US study

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor says autonomous cars could reverse years-long trend of declining fuel use

A woman checks out a driverless vehicle known as a Lutz Pathfinder Pod in London last month. At least a half-dozen car and technology companies, from General Motors to Google, are developing the futuristic vehicles, which would be guided by sensors and satellite positioning.


DRIVERLESS cars better be able to refuel themselves. They'll consume more energy than cars with drivers.

That's the somewhat counter-intuitive conclusion in a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They say that autonomous cars could reverse...

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