Guest Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Wreck Livable Cities
By Jason Henderson
A tweet by Jon Orcutt illustrates why driverless cars offer little towards sustainable cities.
Over the past year driverless cars have been promoted as a panacea for livable cities. The storyline is that driverless cars will help reduce car ownership, free-up urban space for walking and biking, and help reduce death and injury. The USDOT has joined the parade with its “smart city challenge,” awarding Columbus, Ohio a $40 million prize to implement a demonstration project that includes incorporating driverless cars.