Since the publication of the first edition of the Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism in 2017, the landscape of automated vehicle policy and technology has evolved considerably. The cautious optimism that characterized the Blueprint’s first edition has been tempered by recognition of the enormity of the policy foundation that must be laid for us to reach a human-focused autonomous future.
Like the first Blueprint, this edition lays out a vision for how autonomous vehicles, and technology more broadly, can work in service of safe, sustainable, equitable, vibrant cities. This vision builds on and reinforces the past decade of transformative city transportation practice. It prioritizes people walking, biking, rolling, and taking transit, putting people at the center of urban life and street design, while taking advantage of new technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions, decrease traffic fatalities, and increase economic opportunities.
About the Guide
The second edition focuses on policies that prioritize efficiency and equity in the advent of an autonomous future. Increasingly, policy makers are realizing that the autonomous future must be guided by thoughtful, bold, transformative public policy and street design practice that reduces driving and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and offers mobility and opportunity to everyone, not just those in cars.
Automation without a comprehensive overhaul of how our streets are designed, allocated, and shared will not result in substantive safety, sustainability, or equity gains. To this end, this edition of the Blueprint focuses on four key policy areas—transit, freight, pricing, and data—that form the bedrock of a sustainable, vibrant, people-focused future.