2018 National Planning Conference

Automated Vehicles: Effects on Urban Development

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

Location: 210

CM | 2.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Deep Dive Sessions

Activity ID: NPC189001


  • How to identify secondary impacts of automated vehicles (AVs) on land use, city and street design, parking, urban densification or sprawl, and local vitality and activity
  • How different areas of a city, from the suburbs to central-city districts, might shift with the introduction of AVs
  • How AVs will impact your community's built environment and what policy framework can best address AVs


This deep-dive charrette will allow participants to investigate the effects of automated vehicles on land use, physical city design, urban densification or sprawl, and local vitality and activity. Participants will work in focused groups, developing scenarios of how different areas of cities might shift with this new technology and examining potential shifts in the urban core and more suburban contexts. This session will begin with four short presentations on the effects of automated vehicles on travel behavior and traffic, urban form, street design, and development. The session will then transform to a hands-on charrette where groups will look at the secondary effects of automated vehicles on land use and street and parking design. This session will also address future public-policy needs of different urban areas (core and inner and outer suburbs). Through discussion and sketching/design, participants will investigate plans for prototypic sites, key concerns and opportunities, and critical regulatory issues. Groups will share key findings from their scenario-planning exercise before the session closes with a larger group discussion on the implications for planning, design, and policy for automated vehicles and the built environment.

Session Speakers

Caroline Rodier
University of California
Davis, CA

William W. Riggs
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Nico Larco
University of Oregon
Portland, OR

Joshua Karlin-Resnick
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
San Francisco, CA

William F. Baumgardner
San Francisco, CA

Gerry Tierney
San Francisco, CA

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