autonomous vehicles

Studies suggest autonomous vehicles will have reduced parking requirements

By Brian Lutenegger A pair of recent studies suggests that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will revolutionize how vehicles park when not in use. As a result, parking structures will be able to hold far more vehicles than today, and some existing parking facilities may be repurposed to other uses and to

Shared mobility principles for the rapidly approaching AV era

By Brian Lutenegger The Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, launched in 2017 and spearheaded by the founder of ZipCar, has now added corporate signers to its ranks. At the same time, one car manufacturer has announced plans to have fully autonomous vehicles on the road as rideshare

NACTO releases Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

By Robbie Webber The National Association of City Transportation Officials has released a guide for cities to prepare for a future with autonomous vehicles. Unlike their previous design guides for bikeways, transit, storm water, and overall streets, this blueprint does not present specific design

Auto disruptor looks to shake up car insurance

By Sam Sklar Along with other disruptions to the car industry, Tesla is now poised to change the auto insurance market. Tesla has partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to roll out a Tesla-specific insurance product called InsureMyTesla. This insurance package includes benefits like

House and Senate release bills on AVs

By Alex Beckmann On Friday, September 8, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released a draft of its automated vehicle legislation. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (Republican, South Dakota) and Senator Gary Peters (Democrat, Michigan) have been leading these

AVs, e-commerce will disrupt municipal budgets

By Eric Sundquist The coming of autonomous vehicles and the related increase in e-commerce deliveries promise to change many things: infrastructure, access and mobility, land consumption, emissions, retailing, urban form, and many more. It’s not clear that we will have policy in place to

Safety benefits of pedestrian crash avoidance systems

By Logan Dredske Autonomous vehicle technology has been touted as a boon to safety, avoiding or mitigating the majority of crashes that are due to human error. Now a new report attempts to put numbers to how many pedestrian crashes could have been avoided or mitigated, and the value of

Can autonomous vehicles co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians?

By Robbie Webber While major automakers rush to promote the next level of autonomous features and release videos of hand-free driving, serious questions have been raised about whether autonomous vehicles will be able to safely co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians. Heather Knight, an expert in

Cities testing out autonomous buses, but is it worth the risk?

By Sam Sklar Six weeks ago, Arlington, TX, approved a 6-month lease (with an option to renew for another 6 months) of two EZ10 driverless shuttles to fill a gap for more precise transportation needs for residents of and visitors to the city. According to the city’s staff report, the EZ10 is a

Shifting to driverless ride-hailing services—disruption, convergence, adaptation

By Mary Ebeling A new policy guide focusing on automated vehicle (AV) ride-hailing services argues convincingly for leaders in city government to set policies to govern this rapidly developing transportation service. AVs are not yet commercially available, but several ride-hailing, or Transit