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How to design streets for humans -- and self-driving cars

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#1 BlueMound


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 06:10 PM


In the future, the transportation planners suggest, vehicle lanes can be a lot thinner. Machines, after all, should be better at driving straight—and less distracted by Snapchat—than their human counterparts. That means more room in major boulevards for walking, biking, even loitering. Tiny parks might exist where parking meters once lived—no need to park self-driving taxis owned by companies, not individual drivers. In fact, vehicles might not even have their own dedicated spaces at all. “Flex zones” could be turned over to different services and vehicles for different times of day. During rush hour, there could be more lanes open to vehicles. During heavy delivery hours, there could be curb space dedicated to Amazon delivery vans (or landing delivery drones). At night, street space next to bars could be dedicated to picking up and dropping off carousers from driverless taxicabs.


#2 Doohickie


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:48 PM

I'm so not ready for the future.

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#3 Electricron


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:05 AM

Computers might be better than humans at driving cars straighter, but humans will still walk or ride bikes in crooked lines in lanes next to them. It'll be humans crashing into robots, just like we do in front of trains that run straighter than an arrow at railroad crossings, whether we are driving our cars, riding our bikes, running or walking on foot. 

Of course we will not be ready for the future, golly - we are not ready for the present. 

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:43 PM

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