According to new research, the age of driverless cars could see people reclaim the streets and deliver safer, cleaner, less congested cities.
The Institute of Mechanical Engineers predicts that Britain could have a completely automated fleet by 2050. As we prepare for a driverless future, Euro Car Parts has revealed how the introduction of autonomous vehicles will impact city landscapes and the environment across the world.
Cities around the world are already gearing up for a self-driving future. Driverless taxis will be trialled in Singapore in late 2016. Meanwhile, in Greenwich, the GATEway project will put self-driving shuttle buses on London’s streets for the first time.
Illustrating the findings through innovative 3D design and video, Euro Car Parts aims to show how the streets will adapt according to the new technology. Key findings include the reduction of parking space in cities, wireless communication with traffic signals, emission free transportation and constant circulating fleets of self-driving cars as public transport services.
With self-driving cars having the ability to travel closer together than cars of today, motorways could be half as wide as they currently are, while roads and parking spaces – which currently make up as much as half the land area of a city – will shrink.
Research spokesman, Paul Baylis, said: “The introduction of driverless cars across the globe is a huge technological feat for the automotive industry, but we also want to show how this new innovation will affect the world around us.
“This visualisation and research makes some really interesting revelations about how the landscape and environment will adapt to these changes in the automotive industry.”