Some solutions will be more site-specific:
Airports in San Jose and elsewhere are designating locations outside the flow of traffic for ride-hailing pickups.
The Forbes Avenue Betterment Project in front of Carnegie Mellon includes bump-outs in the street to accommodate pick-ups and drop-offs as well as a bike line to share curb space.
What’s next: In an autonomous vehicle-laden world, the curb will not mainly be used for parking cars. Instead, it will act more as a revolving door, moving people and goods from the street to their destinations in a constant and seamless flow. To ensure a safe and secure curb, we’ll need sensors and advanced wireless connectivity, paired with edge and cloud computing networks.
Karen Lightman is executive director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.