Autonomous Vehicles

Densification Without Displacement: How Incentivizing a Self-Driving Future Can Solve Urban Issues

While we observe a lack of housing supply in many American cities, there is a solution to our housing woes already woven into the urban fabric, especially in Southern California. Approximately 14% of all land in Los Angeles County is devoted to the parking of vehicles, machines that are idle roughly 95% of the time. As urban transportation gravitates towards the concept of mobility as an on-demand service, cities will have an opportunity to utilize intelligent zoning modifications to incentivize private landowners to solve some of their cities most urgent problems with reductions to parking requirements.Read More

The Architecture Of Our Self-Driving Future

This is a preliminary study of how, in the future, self-driving electric cars, aka Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), will affect the existing architecture and urban infrastructure of American cities. While much current media attention is focused on the technology and manufacturing of AVs, there is less news about how cities can encourage and benefit from their mass adoption.Read More

Why LA Should Embrace On-Demand Autonomous Electric Vehicles as a Transit Solution

The history of Los Angeles as a metropolis is based on the development of two concurrent phenomena: mobility systems and real estate speculation. These two forces have conspired to create a regional metropolis that has more in common with network science than with traditional urban planning.  More traditional cities, for example, revolved their centuries of development around commercial trade, such as a port. The genealogy of Los Angeles urban planning is important to understand so that we can forecast the best solutions for its future.

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