If self driving cars take off expect the suburbs to spread even further. A lot of people who wouldn't like an hour's drive each way wouldn't mind an hour reading, watching tv, and eating breakfast.
True, but on the other hand if electric self driving cars take off then there will be far less pollution, accidents and noise in the cities. Who wouldn't mind letting their children play outside then?
The real world does not support that statement. Economies in the EU are mostly in bad shape. The US is strong and growing.
Citation for that?
What defines strong: military? health of people? per capita earning? homeownership vs homelessness? education?
If you fail to plan, plan to fail.