Watch: How will self-driving cars change our cities?

September 15th, 2016

What if cars could drive themselves? "Ah, but they can already," you point out. "Ah, but what if we're talking EVERY car in EVERY city around the WORLD?" Yeah, we just blew your mind, right? Well, no - obviously we didn't, and neither will the the video above (based on a research project by Euro Car Parts) when it...

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What if cars could drive themselves? “Ah, but they can already,” you point out. “Ah, but what if we’re talking EVERY car in EVERY city around the WORLD?” Yeah, we just blew your mind, right?

Well, no – obviously we didn’t, and neither will the the video above (based on a research project by Euro Car Parts) when it asks that same question. But it does provide a lot of very intriguing food for thought about how the increase in autonomous vehicles could change the way we live.

Consider the idea that cities could be built very differently – more efficiently and way greener than they are now, all down to the fact that masses of road and parking spaces wouldn’t be needed in the same way. That damn ugly multi-storey car park you walk past every day could be a lush, green, inner-city park, for example. Local businesses would be able to move into a city more easily, as space and rents might not be at so much of a premium.

The video also looks at current and upcoming autonomous vehicle projects from around the world, including driverless taxis in Singapore and London’s scheduled GATEway initiative, which will feature self-driving shuttle buses.

So if you’re worried about having to pass your driving test or shelling out cash for car insurance in the future – it’s just possible you might not need to. The future, it seems, will very much be driving itself around.

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