Toulouse.  This study proves that more and more drivers are driving alone in their car

Toulouse. This study proves that more and more drivers are driving alone in their car

The second Vinci Autoroutes Autosolism Barometer is not favorable for Toulouse with two sections where drivers are too often driving alone in their car. (©Actu Toulouse/Anthony Assémat)

This phenomenon is particularly visible during the commute, in the morning and in the evening on the way to and from work: cars with only one person behind the wheel and no passengers. The exercise is called: autosolism.

Autosolism rate 85.2%.

For the second year in a row and on the occasion of Mobility Week, which ends on Thursday, September 22, 2022, Vinci Autoroutes has published its Autosolism Barometer. And his observation is clear: “More and more French people drive alone in their car,” says Vinci.

“Already in 2021, the first barometer showed that the French travel very largely alone in their car, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., for commuting. The finding remains the same in 2022 and now applies to the time slot of 7:00 a.m. -8 a.m. , of the million vehicles analyzed, only 14.8% contained more than one person.

Vinci Expressway

The study focuses on non-weekend journeys and compares data collected in autumn 2021 and spring 2022. Solo driving rates recorded by Vinci Autoroutes increased from 82.6% in 2021 to 85.2% in 2022.

Up to 88% on A64

Among the 11 agglomerations studied, Toulouse is both in 3rd placeE (88% rate on the A64 axis, between Toulouse and Tarbes), but also in the 5thE position (86.8% rate on the A62 axis, between Montauban and Toulouse) in this lackluster list for Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) with 98.6%, Tours (Indre-et-Loire) with 88.1% and Montpellier (Herault) with 81.8%.

A sharp increase in traffic on the A62

The Pink City represents the second largest increase in cars in circulation with only one person on board: +6.1% on the A62 axis between autumn 2021 and spring 2022, behind the A10 in Ile-de-France (+9.2%).

But the thinning comes from weekend trips.

“Carpooling is more widespread on the roads. In Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse, an average of 33% of drivers are accompanied on Saturday, rising to 39% on Sunday.”

Vinci Expressway

Vinci Autoroutes’ conclusion: “This upward trend requires real awareness and measures to promote carpooling”.

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Study methodology

This study by Vinci Autoroutes was carried out on more than one million vehicles between May and June 2022, near 11 major French cities and thanks to the innovative Cyclope.ai technology based on artificial intelligence. “Cameras have been installed on portals to capture images of traffic on the main sections of the Vinci Autoroutes network between 7am and 10am while respecting the anonymity of drivers and their passengers. These are then analyzed by artificial intelligence software.” developed by Cyclope.ai”, reports Vinci Autoroutes.

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