In Annals of Tourism Research, we find this prediction:
The deployment of CAVs [Connected and Autonomous Vehicles] in cities will affect hotels, events, restaurants and bars in ways not yet meaningfully considered by the tourism, hospitality and events industries, or the academy. Tourism in the urban night is intricately connected to the hospitality industry. At the same time, violent crime and antisocial behaviour often take place in areas of busy nightlife (e.g. Bromley and Nelson, 2002), thus the intersection of automated mobility and the urban night demands systematic and place-specific analyses. This might include questions of how prostitution, and sex more generally, in moving CAVs, becomes a growing phenomenon. For instance, ‘hotels-by-the-hour’ are likely to be replaced by CAVs, and this will have implications for urban tourism, as sex plays a central role in many tourism experiences (e.g. Carr, 2016). While SCAVs [Shared Connected and Autonomous Vehicles]will likely be monitored to deter passengers having sex or using drugs in them, and to prevent violence, such surveillance may be rapidly overcome, disabled or removed. Moreover, personal CAVs will likely be immune from such surveillance. Such private CAVs may also be put to commercial use, as it is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move’.