1st Edition

Disruptive Transport Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow

Edited By William Riggs Copyright 2019
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the rise of shared and networked vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and other transportation technologies, technological change is outpacing urban planning and policy. Whether urban planners and policy makers like it or not, these transformations will in turn result in profound changes to streets, land use, and cities. But smarter transportation may not necessarily translate into greater sustainability or equity. There are clear opportunities to shape advances in transportation, and to harness them to reshape cities and improve the socio-economic health of cities and residents. There are opportunities to reduce collisions and improve access to healthcare for those who need it most—particularly high-cost, high-need individuals at the younger and older ends of the age spectrum. There is also potential to connect individuals to jobs and change the way cities organize space and optimize trips.

    To date, very little discussion has centered around the job and social implications of this technology. Further, policy dialogue on future transport has lagged—particularly in the arenas of sustainability and social justice. Little work has been done on decision-making in this high uncertainty environment–a deficiency that is concerning given that land use and transportation actions have long and lagging timelines.

    This is one of the first books to explore the impact that emerging transport technology is having on cities and their residents, and how policy is needed to shape the cities that we want to have in the future. The book contains a selection of contributions based on the most advanced empirical research, and case studies for how future transport can be harnessed to improve urban sustainability and justice.

    Part I: The Big Picture

    • Chapter 1: Introduction (William Riggs)

    • Chapter 2: The Promise of New Mobility (Melissa Ruhl and Will Baumgardner)

    • Chapter 3: Balancing Promise with Peril (William Riggs and Ron Milam)

    Part II: Going Small: Changes at the City Scale

    • Chapter 4: Shaping Urban Environments Around Transportation Innovation (Michael Johnson and William Riggs)

    • Chapter 5: Transforming Street Design: Approaches to Reengineering Our Neighborhood Streets (William Riggs, Marc Schlossberg, Elizabeth Shay and Adam Millard-Ball)

    • Chapter 5: Real Estate & New Mobility: Streets as Real Estate (Deborah Stamm and William Riggs)

    • Chapter 7: Future Transport and City Budgets: How to get smart with the revenue (Ben Clark and Rebecca Lewis)

    • Chapter 8: Policy and Program Innovation in the New Mobility Future (Josh Karlin-Resnick, Jeff Tumlin and Meg Merritt)

    • Chapter 9: Think Different: Reframing Jobs & the Economy (Shivani Shukla and William Riggs)

    Part III: Going Big: Changes at the Regional Scale

    • Chapter 10: Co-Producing Mobility (Greg Griffin)

    • Chapter 11: Can a Shared and Electric Future be Socially Just? (Stephen Zoepf and William Riggs)

    • Chapter 12: Exploring the Environmental Ramifications of Future Transport (Frank Petrilli)

    • Chapter 13: Climate Change and Automation: Do we have an emissions problem? (William Riggs, Michael R. Boswell, Louis Yudowitz and Matt Kawashima)

    Part IV: Conclusive Directions

    • Chapter 14: A Vision for Livability (Bruce Appleyard and William Riggs)

    • Chapter 15: Timing the Future and Avoiding Mistakes (Andrea Broaddus)

    • Chapter 16: Conclusions: Time for policy action (William Riggs)


    William Riggs is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco, USA

    "Billy Riggs has pulled together a talented team of cutting-edge practitioners and applied academicians to tackle a very timely topic: the paradigm shift already underway in transport. Much of the world is moving from a state of hypermobility to an even more seamless suite of travel options, thanks to self-driving vehicle technology. This book keeps the reader focused on ‘which way to go?’, as we arrive at this point of inflection: to more coordinated, affordable and efficient transportation systems, or more congested, more costly, less sustainable, and less healthy communities. Land development policies, vehicle ownership decisions, goods delivery, public and private budgets, and the sharing economy are central ideas here."Kara Kockelman, Dewitt Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Texas, USA

    "This book offers a great spectrum of insights and is an invaluable piece of thought-leadership in an era when everything seems to be possible but nothing is certain. Billy Riggs ensures we stay abreast of the different trends and perspectives, and makes city planning a very fun topic and an adventure into our own future!"Sven Beiker, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC

    "This volume holds the latest thinking from key leaders at the forefront of understanding the impacts autonomous vehicles will have on cities and regions. The approach is smartly broad, covering a wide range of issues we should all be considering - from land use and street design, to finance, municipal budgets and equity. Autonomous vehicles are much broader than a transportation issue and this book helps us all understand their far-reaching effects and how we can best prepare and shape the future ahead of us."Nico Larco, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, USA