Retrofitting the High Density City for Autonomous Vehicles: Washington, D.C.'s Test Case
Diehl, Sarah B.
Brandes, Uwe S.
At a time where research is new and technology is rapidly evolving, urban planners must accommodate the indeterminate impacts that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will have on roadways, streetscapes, and the built environment. CAVs are no longer a question of “if,” but of “when,” and while there is not an abundance of existing academic literature readily available as a resource for professional practice, applied research must explore new urban planning opportunities and practices. This paper argues that CAVs will drastically alter the urban fabric of the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. through a repurposed streetscape built with the pedestrian in mind, with behavior altering shifts in transportation patterns and land use trends. In conclusion, this paper identifies a variety of planning strategies which will harness the impact of new technologies in furtherance of creating more livable cites and humanistic streetscapes.
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