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Could autonomous vehicles create more human cities? – Fast Company

Fast Company and Planetizen have recently written excellent articles on whether autonomous vehicles could create more community-minded transportation behavior. For example, some of this could manifest in more people-centered street and road lighting, Fast Company notes. With more people moving around outside as communities free up new space, people-oriented environments will overthrow vehicle-serving cities. People-scale lighting, for one,… Read more »

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system. They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin… Read more »

Analysis suggests autonomous transit would be most efficient use of AV technology

Authors make the case for employing AVs in ways to minimize VMT increases Mobility Lab has often stressed the importance of autonomous vehicles being introduced as fleets rather than personally owned, so what might those fleets look like? How would this emerging technology be applied to the transit solutions already known to work? If autonomous rapid transit –… Read more »

Driverless cars will be the end of transportation – Real Life Magazine

Although much of this provocative article reads like science fiction, the author does a good job of anticipating how people may change when we become an autonomous-vehicles society. “Driverless cars posit a possible future without street life and without spaces for spontaneity,” she concludes, after noting dozens of ways we would change. As with previous… Read more »

Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years

A version of this post originally appeared on contributor Hannah Budnitz’s blog, Go-How.com. As in the United States, how people will get around Great Britain in the near future is especially unclear given a number of emerging technologies. A recent report from RAND explored this uncertainty, offering three alternative visions of the future of mobility,… Read more »

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

Ford not just selling cars anymore

Business model shifts to include mobility options Anyone who caught Ford’s Super Bowl commercial might have some questions about the other modes – bikeshare and vanpool, most notably – that appeared next to the automaker’s cars. To Ford, it’s part of a strategic, ongoing shift. Speaking Monday at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, Executive Chairman… Read more »

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”

This article originally appeared in the Eno Transportation Weekly. Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to Bring an AV Shuttle to the D.C. Region. At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative… Read more »

Sidewalk delivery robots could be a “slam dunk” for Virginia

Bills going through the Virginia legislature, if passed, could make the state the first to allow robot delivery devices on sidewalks statewide. This is exciting because it’s a way to make Virginia first in a very innovative area: automated delivery. Sarah Rankin of the Associated Press interviewed me about the pending bills. Paul Mackie, a… Read more »