Daily journeys: more than 85% of motorists drive alone in their car, according to Vinci

According to Vinci, 85.2% of motorists drove alone in their car in the morning on the motorway in the spring of 2022. A figure up by 2.6 points compared to the fall of 2021.

85.2% of motorists drive alone in their car in the morning, according to a study published on Tuesday by the motorway manager Vinci, which analyzed data provided by cameras on its motorways. Out of a million vehicles analyzed between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., when leaving for work, only 14.8% carried more than one person.

The rate of “autosolism” is 87% between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. then begins to decrease to reach 79% at 10:00 a.m. This second barometer published by Vinci results from the analysis of traffic between May and June 2022 on motorways near eleven major French cities. “Autosolism” increased sharply in the spring (+2.6 points) in certain areas compared to the first analyzes of Vinci in the fall of 2021.

Motorways account for 25% of transport CO2 emissions

The share of drivers alone in their car reached 98.6% on the A11 motorway near Nantes (+5.4%) and 81.5% on the A10 south of Paris (+9.2%). The fight against “autosolism”, in particular via carpooling, is an important way to limit traffic and therefore air pollution.

“We are convinced that shared mobility can be used in home-to-work travel: it is up to all mobility players, operators, communities, the State, travel associations, to consult together and provide concrete solutions” , emphasizes Amélia Rung, Development Director of VINCI Autoroutes.

Motorways represent 1% of the French road network, but 30% of the distances traveled and 25% of CO2 emissions from transport, according to the Road Union. Vinci, which markets its counting solution via its subsidiary Cyclope.ai, plans to publish two updates to its barometer per year.

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