Safety is the Top Priority
Streets should be designed for the safety of all users, with special attention necessary for pedestrians and cyclists. Cities should require that highly automated vehicles be programmed for safe, slow speeds on city streets, with mandatory yielding to people outside of vehicles. Maximum vehicle operating speeds in city street environments should not exceed 20 mph, or 25 mph in very limited circumstances, with lower speeds in downtown and neighborhood zones.
Provide Mobility for the Whole City
The benefits of autonomous urbanism can only be realized if mobility is made more accessible, convenient, and affordable for the entire city. Cities and their partners should offer flexible and affordable mobility options tailored to the needs of different communities, from walking and biking to fixed transit and ridesharing.
Rebalance the Right-of-Way
With the right policies, autonomous vehicles can move more people in fewer vehicles on less congested streets. That means that cities can use space more wisely. Instead of planning for roadway expansion, reallocate street space to active, sustainable modes and use technology to manage the public realm dynamically.