The technology is coming so rapidly that Florida and 12 other states have already enacted legislation to address autonomous vehicles. So how will having autonomous vehicles change the urban landscape?
- It will change parking requirements allowing for more density, wider sidewalks, and rely on drop off lanes
- Make traffic move more efficiently
- Increase focus on pedestrians and bikers
Urban planners and developers can start getting creative on how to use space that used to be reserved for parking. That space can now become parks, community centers, or anything else that adds value to a neighborhood’s aesthetic. This fact alone, makes the possibilities of what can be overcome my hesitancy over the thought of hundreds of driverless vehicles cruising the streets and highways. On the other hand, Florida has never been ranked high in the “good driver” column, so maybe autonomous vehicles are the solution!