Driverless Cars: Changing How You Plan


  • What market research tells us about the potential size and distribution of driverless cars, and how they will likely be owned, operated, or managed
  • What research tells us about how driverless cars will affect traffic circulation, parking behavior and management, residential preference patterns, and the need to plan for support services
  • What areas of zoning, subdivision, and development controls will need to be revised to respond to the challenges posed by driverless cars


The technological development of driverless cars has been impressive. What seemed like fiction only a few years ago is now imminent. Research shows not only that the technology  is closer to being "safe" than we think but also that the market for autonomous vehicles is large—and their impacts on city life will vary significantly depending on how they are introduced, owned, and managed.

Hear a national researcher describe what we know about the science and market for driverless cars and how fast that market will emerge. Learn from a national parking and transporation consultant, who will describe available research on how driverless cars will influence land-use development patterns, residential preferences, parking space needs, office space needs, parking management, and work patterns. Listen to the discussion led by a national zoning practitioner, that explores what areas of zoning, subdivision, and development regulations will need to be revisited and revised to respond to the changes arriving in driverless cars.