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Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

Principles for Autonomous Urbanism

Design for Safety

Move More People With Fewer Vehicles

Curbside Management

Automated Vehicles and the Future of City Streets

The Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism


Drastic advances in automated and connected vehicle technology will upend the way people move around cities, presenting sweeping opportunities as well as serious risks. This Blueprint envisions a future where cities and transit agencies leverage new technology as a tool to enhance the public realm and improve the lives of all urban residents. This is a future shaped by proactive urban policy, in which the footprint of vehicular travel is reduced, every transit vehicle supports high occupancy trips, and safe spaces for walking and cycling are abundant. With the right policies, automation can enable newfound dynamism in mobility and make it easier than ever to access quick, affordable, equitable and sustainable transportation options throughout cities.

About The Guide

Unlike the NACTO Design Guides, the Blueprint does not focus on specific markings or measurements. It endeavors first and foremost to illustrate policy goals using renderings and diagrams, and to present an alternative vision of the future oriented around city streets as public spaces.

This is not a design guide. The Blueprint lays the groundwork and sets a vision for city streets in the automated future that are designed for people. It is rooted in our cities’ goals for building safe, accessible and equitable communities with strong economies and vibrant communities. The ideas and vision presented in the Blueprint adapt NACTO’s foundational principles to the rapidly changing technology and transportation realm.

This module of the Blueprint addresses some of the most pressing issues city transportation agencies face today but acknowledges those issues will vary by city and over time. The modular approach is an attempt to lay the groundwork in a field that moves rapidly. We will be build on this vision as technology advances.

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