Reilly Brennan director of the automotive program for Stanford University discussed the implications for urban planning and how cities are developed based on the element of autonomy, linked here. Some of the questions She tried to answer was what it will mean for reclaimed space, what it will mean for the underserved and how cities will be funded after there is no more human error to tax. With the boom of transportation networks companies such as Lyft and Uber autonomous vehicles can use this opportunity to re-frame the mean of city transportation.
Autonomous vehicles in the future will have a positive relationship with our cities and community. Per Seleta Reynolds of the Los Angeles department of transportation the technology of the autonomous vehicles will re-frame our community as we know it. All in all, Reynolds believe that our cities could be safer with this new artificial technology whether its bike riding, bus transportation, walking, or cars. Autonomous vehicles would make all means of transportation publicly friendly. The results of this would be less traffic, accidents and parking. Since cities are usually funded by human errors such as parking tickets and speed cameras. They’re also funded by meter parking and commercial parking lots. The funds for this usually goes back into the community whether it’s for public safety, police, parks and libraries. This will probably cause politicians to find other means for funding these different departments.
Autonomous vehicles use in public transportation can help the less fortunate or the underserved with affordable transportation. Vehicles such as zip cars and ubers can benefit with their shared vehicles with more people utilizing them instead of public transportation. Also, people who are physically unable to drive because of age, physical or mental ability can also benefit from autonomous vehicles by having the ability to use these shared cars to get from point A to B. Eliminating the use of government services and relying on help from others.
Ideally autonomous vehicles in the public use can help the environment by limiting the cars on the road contributing in less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere ultimately slowing down the process of global warming. Also, I agree with its ability to eliminate human error even though it will decrease the funding for public departments such as libraries, parks and police stations. Overall I believe that the relationship between the cities and its residence will work out for the better good. Having a safer city would contribute to people walking more or using bicycles which can contribute to better health for people using these means of transportation. Lastly, I believe that people can save money with the use of shared autonomous vehicles as well as benefit from the ability to be able to travel when necessary or need.