New plan preps Chicago for drones, driverless cars and other transit tech

In a world where pedestrians, public transit, Ubers, autonomous cars, electric scooters, drones and Amazon Prime trucks all may have to coexist one day, roadways could quickly become overcrowded. And if urban planners don’t prepare for multimodal transportation systems, we could

all end up spending a lot more time commuting.

To help improve Chicago’s transportation system and prepare it for a tech-enabled future, local urban planning organization City Tech Collaborative has released a comprehensive, three-year plan designed to support urban mobility innovation in the Windy City.

The plan aims to expand public transit access, improve the efficiency of freight shipping and prepare streets for autonomous vehicles and drones, among other things, all while keeping safety, congestion and last-mile connectivity in mind, said City Tech CEO Brenna Berman.