The driverless city

Today's engineers could create more environmentally responsible, safe, and sustainable transportation systems for the cities of the future, using a systematic approach. The combination of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology and high-performance driverless cars could produce a powerful tool in the field of urban transportation to reach new levels of optimization. Because autonomous vehicles are more reliable than human drivers, due to their design and instrumentation that performs better than human perception, they would be involved in fewer accidents, especially at higher speeds, which would, in turn, reduce health costs. More work is needed to incorporate these vehicles into integrated networks that will involve not only engineers, but also transportation authorities and private industry, with clear rules to be established for autonomous vehicles. Transportation systems will more come more fully into alignment with the principles of sustainable development.


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  • Accession Number: 01528556
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2014 12:17PM