An interesting possibility: because of the economy and convenience of self-driving cars, owners might actually choose to keep their cars perpetually driving until needed instead of parking them to avoid costs. That would be horrific for traffic and the environment.
When autonomous vehicles become the rule rather than the exception, what we’ll witness across Los Angeles and the rest of the nation will be the greatest change in transportation infrastructure and habits since horses and carriages gave way to the automobile. We’ll turn from a nation of primarily single occupant drivers into a society of passive passengers left to our own devices (literally). The question is whether self-driving vehicles will evolve into an affordable communal resource easing traffic or become an ever present hindrance related to the economics of driving vs. parking, as explained below: