Transition to Self-Driving Cars
Suitable as a PhD or Honours Project (can be adjusted to suit either)
Substantial tracts of urban space have traditionally been dedicated to roads and parking. The transitions to new technologies such as automated vehicles and new business models including collective vehicle-sharing arrangements are already having profound implications across the built environment. The inevitable uptake of automated vehicles will result in far fewer motor vehicles servicing urban mobility needs, particularly if they are operated as a shared service. In addition, car-sharing services employing conventional vehicles, such as Uber, are already a reality. Considering these transitions and trends, important questions arise concerning the design and use of urban space. Policy-makers now need to determine how best to manage and promote these shifting mobility patterns to take advantage of this opportunity to redesign the built environment. How best to repurpose the space that currently accommodates private motor vehicles (moving and parked) to make cities more attractive and liveable places?
Contact: Dr Dorina Pojani