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How Driverless Cars Can Reshape Our Cities

A world where driverless cars are prevalent, and shared vehicle ownership is the norm, offers a chance to rethink the design of our urban environment.


In just a few years, driverless cars have gone from a far-off, futuristic vision to a near certainty. While many hurdles remain, the massive investment and potential size of the market (potentially worth $42 billion, according to Boston Consulting Group) means they’re on their way, in one form or another.

This means huge shifts in our daily commute, but it also has the potential to dramatically reshape our cities. Cars — their size, reach, and environmental impact — have been a huge factor in urban planning and development over the last century.

Curbed spoke with five transportation and urban design experts and asked them to speculate on how this potential future of transportation, arriving soon under its own guidance, may reshape the cities we live in.

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