Precisely when autonomous vehicles will be commonplace on city streets is still up in the air. However, federal transportation agencies are working on new guidelines to ensure the transition to an automated transportation future is as safe and efficient as possible when it does arrive.
Autonomous vehicle R&D has been underway for some time. However, predictions for when the driverless rides will be commonplace on city streets vary from a couple of years to more than a decade. If you want to call it a race, autonomous shuttle buses could be the first to cross the finish line. And we may have Las Vegas to thank for it.
Reflecting a commitment to prepare for the future of transportation, the 2018-2019 New South Wales state budget includes $10 million to expand driverless vehicle trials over the next four years. Read our story to learn more.
We're told driverless cars will change urban transportation dramatically. But how they will and how much are questions that remain to be answered for city governments. This section provides helpful background for city leaders and planners — and some of the key issues they should be aware of.