The essence of a city lies in its streets. For the past century, cars have dominated the environment and shaped the streets around it. Roads are wide for faster travel; offices are designed with open spaces for better parking and intersections are regulated to protect distracted humans.
But with the introduction of self-driving cars, urban planners of the future might have to redesign the city layouts with many throughways and lanes optimized not for cars but people.
Green Light for Autonomous Vehicles!
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are coming, and cities must have a plan to address them. It is no longer a question – whether cars will drive themselves, but rather when this will actually happen.
Technological advancements are often initially met with bewilderment. When computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980s, they were confused and couldn’t decide why they would buy one. It’s not until that technology has integrated itself into our daily lives that we can clearly see how it transformed everything.
Auto giants are expecting that self-driving vehicles will change our lives, but it’s hard to picture how. Whether in the next 15 years or 25, eventually driverless cars will probably take most people to their destinations. That might free people from the burden of driving, and might bind them to new loads. No matter the case, the age of self-driving cars has felt intellectual and imaginary so far.
The Road Ahead!
The driverless cars are expected to flip our urban world upside down. In an all-AV city, fleets of self-driving vehicles will pick you up and drop you off. This autonomous universe will eliminate the unnecessary use of streets, parking areas; the free space can be otherwise used for self-driving vehicles.
In fact, urban planners have to redesign sidewalks, streets, and traffic patterns to accommodate these new, smarter vehicles that respond to our commands and follow us around. However, antagonists of driverless cars argue that the problem isn’t cars themselves, but the bad things they do – create congestion, pollute the air, and involved in accidents taking a lot of lives. Autonomous vehicles, on the other hand, are much safer, smarter and promise to resolve many of these issues.
A lot of people even wonder whether enough self-driving cars in a city could eliminate the need for mass transit. Urban planners, however, believes that no amount of automation can make public vehicles a viable transportation option in cities.