Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), or self-driving vehicles, promise widely available, low-cost, clean, door-to-door transport for people and goods. Widespread use on Europe’s roads is anticipated by the 2030s and is expected to have numerous societal implications for equity, health, economy, and governance resulting in potential impacts on city development and design (from street to district- and regional development).
Many cities have already started experimenting with AVs in Europe or are planning to in the near future. But AVs have yet to be implemented in local authorities' spatial planning. This is urgent as cities plan district (re)developments, transport infrastructure and related investments decades ahead.
PAV aims to stimulate the up-take of electric, shared AVs by developing green transport and spatial planning strategies that incorporate AVs.
PAV brings together four local/transport authorities (UK, DE, NL and SE), four knowledge groups and four network organisations that will:
- Develop and improve green transport and spatial planning strategies for the four participating local- and transport authorities;
- Prepare a publicly available series of expert analysis on the socio-economic impact of AVs;
- Create an open and scalable innovation community connecting cities, regions and knowledge providers on AVs;
- Implement four urban/regional AV pilots integrated with other, existing transport modes.