The End Of Parking Lots As We Know Them: Designing For A Driverless Future

A world in which robotic ride and delivery services are commonplace is years away, but what to do if you’ve got big-ticket commercial real estate projects in the works now? Turns out that future is already being baked in, according to the largest U.S. architecture firm.

The full impact of self-driving vehicle technology will unfold over years, but Andy Cohen, the Los Angeles-based co-CEO for design firm Gensler, is convinced it will bring the end of parking structures as we know them, require more expansive building drop-off and pickup zones and more elaborate entry lobbies.