What will the impact of autonomous vehicles be on urban form and society?

It is clear that autonomous vehicles will have an impact on our society, our transportation choices and urban form. Technology is advancing extremely rapidly towards the ability of vehicles to drive themselves. What are the social and urban impacts of these changes? In the intense and expensive race to realize these technologies, what areas have not been though and should be? What will the impact of these technologies be on urban form, public transportation and decisions with regard to public infrastructure design? The answer to these questions will clarify what is at stake and what should be investigated thoroughly prior to the implementation of many of these technologies in order that they contribute as positively as possible to our society.

This research is funded by a Hampton Grant and is currently in progress.