What will the ripple effect of driverless cars be in cities? The global engineering firm Arup asked two of its experts to discuss what impact the cars of the future might have on the design of cities, and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Their conversation ranges between the social and the spatial and speculates on how driverless cars might intertwine with the changing ideal of the American Dream. Image: Google’s self-driving car. Image via Flickr.
Automated vehicles will communicate constantly with one another, allowing them to travel closer together and move much more efficiently and reliably. They’ll also be able to travel faster. Passengers will be able to travel farther within the same amount of time. With long commutes less of an issue, people might move farther away from the city. Urban living has become more popular in recent years, but there’s certainly an enduring demand for the suburban lifestyle. [Read more]