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  • 7 Trends Knocking at the Planning Office Door

    In today’s complex world, balancing everyday activities, near-term plans, and visioning for the future is more challenging than ever. APA Foresight has got you covered.
    by: Petra Hurtado, PhD, Alexsandra Gomez       July 08, 2021
    In today's rapidly changing world, it can be tough to stay abreast of all the challenges facing planners. This article explores seven of the most pressing trends for the profession and what they could mean for your community.
  • Primed for Deliveries

    Rapidly changing e-commerce trends and technologies mean big changes for land-use and infrastructure planning.
    April 01, 2020
    E-commerce impacts extend far beyond the curb, and freight and deliveries are increasingly commanding the attention of a wider range of planners, government officials, and policy makers.
  • Autonomous Vehicles: Developing a Public Health Research Agenda to Frame the Future of Transportation Policy

    Journal of Transport and Health, 6: 245-252, 2017
    by: Travis Crayton, AICP , Benjamin Meier
    This article examines the prospective public health implications arising from the widespread adoption of fully autonomous vehicles and public health considerations for the development of transportation policy.
  • Emerging Vehicle Technologies & the Search for Urban Mobility Solutions

    Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 4(1): 83-100, 2016
    by: Jitendra Bajpai
    This article examines the potential of autonomous vehicles to improve road safety, lower fuel consumption and emissions in vehicles, and provide mobility options for vulnerable populations.
  • Cautious Optimism About Driverless Cars and Land Use in American Metropolitan Areas

    Cityscape, 18(3): 181-184, 2016
    by: Brandon Fuller
    This article examines the potential for autonomous vehicles to enable beneficial changes in land use.
  • Driverless Cars and the City: Sharing Cars, Not Rides

    Cityscape, 18(3): 197-204, 2016
    by: Wendell Cox
    This article speculates that driverless cars will not significantly impact urban form but will expand opportunities and quality of life for the disabled and other people who are unable to drive.
  • Transitioning to Driverless Cars

    Cityscape, 18(3): 193-196, 2016
    by: Giles Duranton
    This article discusses some considerations about transitioning to autonomous vehicles.
  • Choice and Speculation

    Cityscape, 18(3): 185-192, 2016
    by: Lisa Schweitzer
    This article discusses potential changes related to the adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies.
  • The Evolution of Connected Vehicle Technology: From Smart Drivers to Smart Cars to… Self-Driving Cars

    ITE Journal, July 2013
    by: Siva Narla
    This article looks at the last two decades of transportation innovation as a perspective for visualizing the changes that autonomous vehicle technology will bring.
  • Urban Form and Function in the Autonomous Era

    Australasian Transport Research Forum Proceedings, November 2016
    by: Praveen Thakur, Robert Kinghorn, Renan Grace
    This article explores the potential impacts of the autonomous era on transport infrastructure demand and urban form.
  • How Governments Can Promote Automated Driving

    New Mexico Law Review, 47(1): 99-138, 2017
    by: Bryant Smith
    This article presents steps to help governments encourage the adoption of automated vehicles (AVs) within the communities they serve.
  • Ten Rules for Cities About Automated Vehicles

    Public Square, February 2020
    by: Jeff Speck, FAICP
    This article offers ten suggestions for cities to consider how autonomous vehicles (AVs) can help maximize mobility for the greatest number of people, with the most positive outcomes for society.
  • Automated Vehicle Regulatory Challenges: Avoiding Legal Potholes through Collaboration

    League of California Cities, September 2017
    by: Greg Rodriguez, Lauren Isaac
    This article offers an introduction to the regulatory landscape and challenges that come with automated vehicles.
  • How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities

    Governing, August 2017
    by: Mike Maciag
    This article discusses how autonomous vehicles (AVs) could negatively impact city budgets that depend on parking tickets, traffic citations, gas taxes, and other auto-related revenue.
  • Driverless Vehicles: Opportunity for Further Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Under California AB 32

    Hastings Law Journal, 69: 1-27, 2018
    by: Keiichiro Zushi
    This article discusses the impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on greenhouse gas emissions and considers policy implications in California.
  • Not If, but When: Autonomous Driving and the Future of Transit

    Journal of Public Transportation, 21(1): 92-103, 2018
    by: Jerome Lutin, AICP
    This article discusses the implications of autonomous driving on transit systems.
  • Cities, Automation, and the Self-parking Elephant in the Room

    Planning and Theory Practice 19(2): 291-297, 2018
    by: Erick Guerra, Eric Morris
    This article explores obstacles that impact autonomous vehicles (AVs) implementation in urban spaces.
  • Assessing the Long-term Effects of Autonomous Vehicles: A Speculative Approach

    Transportation Research Procedia, 13: 18-29, 2016
    by: Wolfgang Gruel, Joseph Stanford
    This article explores how autonomous vehicles (AVs) could affect travel behaviors and the broader transportation system.
  • Developing Policy for Urban Autonomous Vehicles: Impact on Congestion

    Urban Science, 2(2): 1-11, 2018
    by: David Metz
    This article discusses the need for transportation policies that responds to the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on congestion.
  • Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles?

    Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(2): 133-151, 2019
    by: Yonah Freemark, Anne Hudson, Jinhua Zhao
    This article examines how municipalities are preparing for the deployment of autonomous vehicles within their jurisdictions by reviewing existing plans and surveying transportation and planning officials.
  • Crafting Inclusive Autonomous Vehicle Policies

    NCSL, 28(15): 1-2, 2020
    by: Doug Shinkle
    This article discusses the need for policy that ensures that autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies equitably include people with disabilities.
  • How Autonomous Vehicles Could Constrain City Budgets

    Governing Magazine, July 2017
    by: Michael Maciag
    This article examines the impacts of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies on municipalities' revenues.
  • Getting Ready for Driverless Cars

    Zoning Practice — December 2017
    by: Donald Elliott, FAICP       December 01, 2017
    This issue of Zoning Practice discusses basic facts about driverless cars and summarizes how changes in travel behavior associated with fully autonomous vehicles will likely affect local zoning codes over the next 20 to 30 years.
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  • Connected

    Promising low costs and high safety, connected vehicles are even closer to reality than AVs. Some are here today.
    Connected vehicles are not autonomous vehicles but they have plenty of implications for planners.
  • Best-Case Scenario Planning

    Incorporating AV and other technology into plans.
    May 01, 2018
    Change and uncertainty — from technology to climate change to shifts in the economy — are disrupting the planning tradition of mid- and long-range forecasts. Scenario planning can be a powerful tool for incorporating uncertainty.
  • The Commissioner — April 2018

    In The Commissioner's April 2018 issue: "Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles," "You and Your Staff," "Zoning in on Housing Diversity," "France's Impact on American Cities," and planning office staff resources.
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  • Attention: The Age of Automation Is Right Ahead

    What self-driving cars will mean to drivers and the rest of us.
    This web-exclusive sidebar explores the effects that driverless cars would have on our lives, communities, and transportation systems.
  • Here Come The Robot Cars

    Autonomous vehicles will impact the built environment. The time to plan for it is now.
    In the next few years, autonomous vehicles — driverless cars, self-driving cars, and robot cars — will usher in a transformation of our landscape similar to the one brought on by the Model T more than a century ago.
  • Q & A

    Planning’s editor in chief, Meghan Stromberg, talks to planners and others who are shaking up the status quo.
    April 01, 2017
    Conversations about three areas of disruption to the transportation status quo: autonomous vehicles/tiny cars, bike sharing, and ride sharing.
  • The Commissioner — December 2016

    In this PDF of The Commissioner's December 2016 issue: "Credibility, Respect, and Power," "Driverless Vehicles and Your Community," "On Being an Effective — and Satisfied — Planning Commission," "A Safe Passage for Wildlife," and a resource finder on autonomous vehicles.
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  • Planning for Cars that Drive Themselves

    Planners can't answer all the questions arising around autonomous vehicles, but it’s important we ask and start thinking about them. APA’s PAS Report, Planning for Autonomous Mobility, drives that effort along.
  • When Autonomous Cars Take to the Road

    Be ready; it may happen soon.
    Are autonomous cars coming to a road near you? Assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Erick Guerra explores the technology and says driverless cars might be a reality sooner than you think.
  • The Commissioner

    In The Commissioner department of the December 2016 Planning magazine: nonverbal communication, driverless vehicles, how to be a satisfied planning commission, safe passage for wildlife, and more.

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