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Urban Implications of Driverless Cars

On the 12th October around 100 leading organisations, city officials, technology, design and property practitioners convened at City Hall, London to deliberate the implications of autonomous vehicles will bring to cities, mobility and urban realm. Led by Chris Choa, ULI UK Infrastructure Council Chair the conference went beyond the vehicle technology and outlined the reality of how our urban realm will be transformed and governance will need to adapt to meet this near future scenario.

Some of the highlights of the conference include:

  • Vehicles are not in use for an average of 23.1hrs a day and take up valuable city space
  • Automation of vehicles form part of a broader digitalisation of our environment that aligns with the rise of the sharing economy and data enabled efficiency
  • Evolutionary impact to urban realm is likened to transportation milestones like the arrival of sailing ships,  jet engines and high speed rail
  • The revolution is not new vehicles leading this change but the convergence of real-time data, agile technology and digital learning
  • Potentially far reaching consequences for cities, government and real estate with potential to improve or negatively impact density, urban mobility and environmental conditions due to non-governed implications.

A full summary of the conference will be published in an InfoBurst with further insights into the key findings and implications of Driverless Cars.

Further including the conference programme can be viewed here: Driverless Cars and the City – 12th October_Programme. We look forward to sharing the InfoBurst with you in the near future.

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