Preparing Communities for Autonomous Vehicles

By Jennifer Henaghan, AICP



This report summarizes discussions from an October 6, 2017, symposium on the implications of autonomous vehicles for cities and regions, supplemented with new research and recommendations for planners.


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Date Published
Feb. 23, 2018
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American Planning Association

About the Author

Jennifer Henaghan, AICP
Jennifer Henaghan, AICP, is APA's Deputy Research Director.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Autonomous Vehicles: An Overview
Levels of autonomy
Types of autonomous vehicles
Federal and state policy on autonomous vehicles

III. Notes from the Symposium
Equity and access
Transportation network
Land use and the built environment
Scenario planning exercise

IV. How to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles
Scenario planning map
Community visioning and goal setting
Plan making
Regulations, standards, and incentives
Site design and development; Public investment

V. Future Research Needs
Principles; Policy Recommendations

VI. Checklists for Autonomous Vehicle Planning

VII. Additional Resources