Working from Self-Driving Cars
52 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2022
Once automatic vehicles are available, working from the self-driving car (WFC) in the AV’s mobile office will be a real option. It allows firms to socialize land costs for office space to road infrastructure used by AV. Employees, in turn, can switch wasted commuting time into working hours and reduce daily time tied to work. We develop a microeconomic model of employers’ offers and employees’ choices of WFC contracts and hours. Using German and U.S. data, we perform Monte Carlo studies to assess whether WFC may become a reality. Eventually, we study the impact of transport pricing on these choices. Our findings are that WFC contracts are likely to be a standard feature of large cities given current wages, office costs, and current and expected travel costs. There are clear declines in hours spent working in office and pure commuting times and an increase in overall distance traveled.
Keywords: Autonomous driving, telecommuting, working from car, working from home, self-driving cars
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