COVID-19’s Impact on Traffic Congestion in Australia and Potential Implications for the Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

    View Author April 2020
    The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which emerged in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China in December 2019, has since spread internationally and resulted in widespread lockdowns and travel restrictions across the world. In Australia specifically, in addition to various other measures, the government has implemented strict social distancing rules and restrictions on non-essential gatherings and persons entering the country. Principally, COVID-19 has employees around Australia working from home, where it is possible to do so. The associated reduction in individuals commuting to central business districts has given the world a brief insight into motor vehicle mobility in our cities when they are not subject to traditional levels of day-to-day traffic.