Data Drives Our Driverless Future

The pace of technology adoption has never been faster, which is why we’re seeing reports about the new features of autonomous driving introduced by car manufacturers. The policy implications from a land use and development standpoint are significant. Before you scoff at the idea of how driverless cars will change anything, consider this: legislators rushed to enact laws against distracted driving, not because of CB radios, DVD players or the proliferation of drive-thru coffee accidents. It was the insurance industry demonstrating the link between auto accidents and mobile phone usage in cars. We’re inundated with the message to stop texting and driving. Yet, today’s cars are being sold as mobile entertainment.