Planning for driverless cars


By Richard Neary

The rise in autonomous vehicles is likely to influence the approach taken by city planners. There could be an impact on buyer behaviour as people move to sharing and hiring vehicles, on traditional public transport use, on the methods by which people plan their transport each day and how they pay for it. All of these things are likely to affect the design of cities and their infrastructure in the future. There is also the risk of leaving people behind where they do not have access to the right technology or personal bank accounts. The article attached explores positive and negative outcomes that could result from the proliferation of automated vehicles in the future....     

To that end, the authors also remind cities to remember that not everyone has equal access to (or interest in) technology. People who don’t have cell phones or bank accounts need to be able to access the transportation network, including autonomous rideshare or ridesource vehicles, through Dial-a-Ride and smartcard payment options.
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