How Autonomous Vehicles Might Reshape Our Cities

The latest, from the University of Toronto, explores the impact autonomous vehicles (AVs) could have in terms of the parking space that could be freed up in our towns and cities.

“In a parking lot full of AVs, you don’t need to open the doors, so they can park with very little space in between,” the authors say. “You also don’t need to leave space for each car to drive out, because you can signal the surrounding AVs to move out of the way.”…

The researchers developed a model that simulated the various possible layouts for an AV parking lot. AI was then used to optimize the layout for the fewest relocations and the maximum parking capacity. This optimization revealed that a well-designed lot could accommodate 62% more AV cars than a conventional parking lot. Indeed, in optimum scenarios, they were able to accommodate 87% more cars.