Making Automation Work for Cities: Impacts and Policy Responses

  • Dirk HeinrichsEmail author
  • Siegfried Rupprecht
  • Scott Smith
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


There seems to be great concern and perhaps even greater uncertainty about how autonomous vehicles (AV) in cities may possibly affect not only mobility and transport but also infrastructure, land use, and the natural environment. Along with the debate on the impacts of AV the question arises what urban and transport planning strategies will be needed to ensure that the transition towards a fully automated transport in urban areas will contribute in the best possible way to urban sustainability goals and make it compatible with existing key urban policies. This paper addresses the question: What do city planners and policy makers have to know about the technology, its impacts and how can they prepare? It reviews the status of planning and implementing automation in cities and metropolitan areas in the US and in Europe. The paper draws on the presentations, discussions and conclusions from a breakout session ‘Making automation work for cities’ at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in July 2017.


Autonomous vehicles Urban planning Cities Transport Land use Strategies 



We would like to extend all presenting participants in the Breakout Session ‘Making Automation Work for Cities’ at the AVS 2017 in San Francisco, namely: Kristopher Carter (City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics), Tilly Chang (San Francisco County Transportation Authority), Gert Blom (City of Helmond), Brian Matthews (Milton Keynes), David Murphy (Waste Management Inc.), Martin Russ (Austriatech), Mollie Pelon (National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)) and Jiaqi Ma (Leidos).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Heinrichs
    • 1
    Email author
  • Siegfried Rupprecht
    • 2
  • Scott Smith
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Transport Research DLR, German Aerospace CentreBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Rupprecht ConsultCologneGermany
  3. 3.Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. Department of TransportationCambridgeUSA

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