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1st Edition

Driverless Cars, Urban Parking and Land Use

ISBN 9780367369057
Published February 17, 2020 by Routledge
408 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The subject of driverless and even ownerless cars has the potential to be the most disruptive technology for real estate, land use, and parking since the invention of the elevator. This book includes new research and economic analysis, plus a thorough review of the current literature to pose and attempt to answer a number of important questions about the effect that driverless vehicles may have on land use in the United States, especially on parking. Simons outlines the history of disruptive technologies in transport and real estate before examining how the predicted changes brought in by the adoption of driverless technologies and decline in car ownership will affect our urban areas. What could we do with all the parking areas in our cities and our homes and institutional buildings that may no longer be required? Can they be sustainably repurposed? Will self-driving cars become like horses, used only by hobbyists for recreation and sport?

While the focus is on parking, the book also contains the views of real estate economists, architects, and policymakers and is essential reading for real estate developers and investors, transport economists, planners, politicians, and policymakers who need to consider the implications of a future with more driverless vehicles. Fasten your seat belt: like it or not, driverless cars will begin to change the way we move about our cities within ten years.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction

By Robert A. Simons

2. Identification of Major Vehicle-Related Hardware and Technological Trends

By Robert A. Simons

3. Tastes and Preferences and Behavioral Change in Transportation Modal Choices and Car Ownership

By Robert Simons, Jonathan Richmond, Howard Goldberg and Daniel J. Simons

4. Government Regulation Of The Transition To Driverless/Autonomous Cars

By Robert A Simons, Tod Northman and Jeffery Carr

5. Ethical Issues From The Transition To Driverless / Automated Cars

By Robert A Simons, Tod Northman and Jeffery Carr

6: The Past Adoption and Transition Time Periods of Five Disruptive Technologies

By Robert A. Simons and Alexandra A. Malkin

7: A Road Too Steep And Too Long: The Scientific Case Against Plausible Evolution Of Driverless Cars

By Robert A. Simons

8: Any Early Signs of Softness in the Parking Markets in Capital Markets and Parking Sale Prices?

By Robert A. Simons, David C. Feltman and Alexandra A. Malkin

9: The Forward-Looking Adoption Timeline for Driverless Cars and Corporate Owned Fleets

By Robert A. Simons and Alexandra A. Malkin

10. Current Parking Regulations and Parking Market Standards in the US…

By Robert A. Simons and Samuel T. Simons

11: Urban Adaptive Reuse Potential from the Architect’s Perspective…..

By Robert A. Simons and Judson Kline

12: A Breakdown Of Parking Spaces By Type In 15 US Metropolitan Areas…

By Robert A. Simons and Liam Robinson

13: Where Would The Driverless Car Fleet Rest During The Day?

By Robert A. Simons and Alexandra A. Malkin

14: Parking At Home: Transformational Changes at the Unit and Subdivision Levels

By Robert A. Simons and Aly H. Karam

15: Policy Implications: Transition Period

By Robert A. Simons

16: Policy Implications: in the Long Run

By Robert A. Simons

17: Policy Implications and Generalizability To Large European and Asian Cities, Plus Some Final Thoughts on DV Adoption

By Robert A. Simons

18: Introduction To Parking Structure Adaptive Reuse Case Studies

By Robert A. Simons

19: The Wedge - A Parking Expansion and Adaptive Reuse Case Study In Grand Rapids, Michigan

By Robert A. Simons, Michael Ortlieb, and Josh Owens

20: The Summit, A Dolce Hotel: An Adaptive Reuse Of A Parking Structure In Cincinnati, Ohio

By Robert A. Simons and Seth Barnhard

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Robert A. Simons is a professor of urban planning and real estate development at Cleveland State University, USA, in the Levin College of Urban Affairs. He is the editor of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, and has published over 75 journal articles and four books on real estate topics. He has served as an expert witness on over 90 legal cases, most with contaminated property issues. [email protected]


"Simons has created a wonderful source…This work is a necessity for those who wish to have a more detailed examination of driverless vehicles and where driverless vehicle development is apparently heading at this time." –Journal of Urban Affairs

"Robert A. Simons has put together a dauntingly thorough 20-chapter assessment...This book will prepare its readers for some surprises. Its openness and wide coverage could allow for better judgments 10 or 15 years down the road." –Harold Henderson, Planners Library

"The question of how emerging transport technologies changes cities, especially land use, centers on the transition from an ownership to a sharing economy, and the switch from devoting space to storing cars to space for people. This book is the first to address the future of parking in an autonomous world." –David Levinson, Professor, University of Sydney and Author of The End of Traffic and The Future of Access