Autonomous Vehicles (AV), 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 (plan to) start experimenting with AV in Europe. However, integration of AV in spatial planning has yet to start. This is urgent as cities plan district (re)developments, transport infrastructure and related investments decades ahead.
SUV aims to stimulate the up-take of electric, shared AV by developing green transport and spatial planning strategies that incorporate AV.
SUV connects within NSR 4 local/transport authorities (UK, DE, NL and SE), 4 knowledge groups and 4 network organisations that will:
- Develop and improve green transport and spatial planning strategies for the 4 participating local- and transport authorities
- Prepare a publicly available series of expert analysis on the socio-economic impact of AV
- Create an open and scalable innovation community connecting cities/regions and knowledge providers on AV
- Implement 4 urban/regional AV pilots (minimum level 4) integrated with other, existing transport modes