City Officials Seek To Mold the Future of Driverless Cars

rban transportation experts are trying to get ahead of the introduction of driverless cars — knowing that, if don’t do so, they run the risk of ceding policymaking to automobile engineers and executives.

Toward that end, they’re turning the coming of autonomous vehicles into an occasion to correct many 20th-century planning mistakes: “putting people at the center of urban life and street design, while taking advantage of new technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions, decrease traffic fatalities, and increase economic opportunities,” according to a new manual from the National Association of City Transportation Officials…

The 81-city coalition this week released a Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism, which builds on a prior report by offering policies on transit, congestion pricing, transportation data, shipping, and safety that prioritize people over vehicles.