The greatest constraining factor to urban real estate development, ZOM Living CEO Greg West said, is parking. Building entrances for people to walk in is easy, he said, but constructing entrances and garages to store hundreds of cars is a major challenge.
If autonomous vehicles can drop people off at work and not have to remain parked there all day, he said it could open a world of opportunity for development.
“Ultimately what that means is developers will be able to build in urban places without any parking at all,” said West, speaking last week at the Dreamit x Bisnow Innovation Summit in Tampa.
Soon, if you need a ride to the airport or just around town, you’ll have another decision to make. Do you hop in a cab? Request an Uber? Or perhaps….you take a self-driving taxi.
What just a few years ago seemed like futuristic technology right out of a sci-fi movie will be here before you know it.
Ford became the latest large auto manufacturer to unveil its plans for autonomous driving services.
Last week, the company revealed that it will start offering commercial self-driving taxis and delivery services in Washington, D.C. and other yet to be named cities by as early as 2021 – a mere 3 years away. Testing is slated to begin next year.
With the Nov. 6 midterm elections less than a week away, cities and transportation companies are pitching in to help voters hit the polls.
One study by The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that 29% of young Americans surveyed said transportation was a reason that they did not vote in the 2016 election, while 15% said the lack of transportation to their polling place was a “major factor” for not voting. That number rises to 38% for young people of color, who said a lack of transportation played a role for not voting.
To try and combat accessibility woes and drive turnout, cities and businesses are offering discounts and free rides to the polls. Here are some of the highlights:
On Tuesday, Lyft offered a glimpse of its brand-new self-driving car. It’s a Ford Fusion hybrid sedan with technology designed and built by the ride-hailing company’s in-house team of autonomous vehicle engineers. Lyft also announced the acquisition of Blue Vision Labs, a London-based augmented reality startup that uses computer vision to process street-level imagery.
Washington, DC and Ford announced an autonomous vehicle (AV) partnership on Monday, a move the pair hopes will also impact areas such as workforce development.
At a press conference, officials said Ford’s AVs will be tested across the District starting as early as the first quarter of next year, with a goal of deploying a commercial AV service in 2021 that could include ride-hailing and food and package delivery. DC joins Detroit, Miami and Pittsburgh as Ford AV test cities.
“Both Ford and district officials are committed to exploring how self-driving vehicles can be deployed in an equitable way across the various neighborhoods that make up Washington, D.C., and in a way that promotes job creation,” Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, wrote in a Medium post.