Autonomous Vehicles

Self driving cars feature high on any list of technology likely to change our cities. As a consequence, there’s a lot of noise and axioms about the potential, with little assessment of the detail. Wrapped up in this are, I think, some dangerous conflations around autonomous cars vs shared cars, and some heroic assumptions around adoption timeframes that have led some to question whether they still need to build any car parking at all; (you do BTW). This week my colleague Kat Hanna has released a report shedding light on these impacts. The big takeaways are rethinking how we conceptualise distance, the likely path between zero and full adoption and the mechanisms by which one can futureproof development to take account of this trend. The report provides predictions and recommendations for CRE players around these and other subjects. You can download your copy here.