At the time of this writing, we've been sheltering in place for over a month in the bay area, and we are expected to continue for another month. Streets are mostly deserted, highways are as empty as it gets, and everyone wishes it'll stay this way when we go back to work. Will it? I try to answer this question in this post.
An often-quoted benefit of self-driving cars is that it will eliminate parking in urban areas: Cars can keep moving to pick up someone or something if they can drive themselves, so no parking will be needed. Reasonable, right? Not so quick. There is a missing link in this argument. This post explains why self-driving cars will have counter-intuitive effects on parking in urban areas.