Driverless Cars: Changing How You Plan

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You'll learn about:

  • What market research tells us about the potential size and distribution of driverless cars, and how they will likely be owned, operated, or managed

  • What research tells us about how driverless cars will affect traffic circulation, parking behavior and management, residential preference patterns, and the need to plan for support services

  • What areas of zoning, subdivision, and development controls will need to be revised to respond to the challenges posed by driverless cars

The technological development of driverless cars has been impressive. What seemed like fiction only a few years ago is now imminent. Research shows not only that the technology is closer to being "safe" than we think but also that the market for autonomous vehicles is large—and their impacts on city life will vary significantly depending on how they are introduced, owned, and managed.

Hear a national researcher describe what we know about the science and market for driverless cars and how fast that market will emerge. Learn from a national parking and transportation consultant, who will describe available research on how driverless cars will influence land-use development patterns, residential preferences, parking space needs, office space needs, parking management, and work patterns. Listen to the discussion led by a national zoning practitioner, that explores what areas of zoning, subdivision, and development regulations will need to be revisited and revised to respond to the changes arriving in driverless cars.

About the Speakers

Shannon McDonald
Shannon Sanders McDonald, AIA is a licensed practicing architect. Recently, she envisioned and lead workshops at the TRB/AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposiums, exploring the impact of automated vehicles and automated transit that engaged multiple disciplines, allowing many to collaboratively explore new mobility and how it may impact our built environment. Ms. McDonald is the author of The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Form published by the Urban Land Institute. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, and currently an assistant professor of architecture at Southern Illinois University. Ms. McDonald has written numerous articles on various aspects of parking, urban design, architecture, planning, energy, sustainability, the environment, and transportation. She has given presentations at the meetings of a number of organizations, including the Library of Congress, The Congress for New Urbanism, Advanced Transit Association, The American Institute of Architects, Smithsonian and the National Transportation Research Board.

Zabe Bent
Zabe is renowned for her ability to communicate vital insights, critical project features and tradeoffs, and ultimately the solutions necessary to advance efforts to the next stage of transportation development. She has more than 12 years of experience in transportation and multimodal planning and urban development, with a focus on transit service and operations planning, complete streets and urban design, and policy design and development. She has successfully submitted local, regional, and federal grant proposals for neighborhood circulation studies, pedestrian improvements, demand management initiatives, and more. A former Principal Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Zabe managed a range of efforts including San Francisco’s congestion pricing feasibility study and the update to the long range countywide transportation plan. She led several bus rapid transit studies and neighborhood plans geared at near-term improvements to transit, bicyclist, and pedestrian access. Her portfolio includes strong coordination with stakeholder groups, transit agencies, and local governments as well as public outreach to diverse, often multilingual communities. Master of City Planning, International Development and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Master of Science Technology, Urban Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bachelor of Arts, Pan African Studies, Architecture, Barnard College, Columbia University.

Donald Elliott
Donald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use consulting firm. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning and international land and urban development issues. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 25 years. Don has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.