Are they just reinventing the train and the city?
Implementation of self-driving vehicles paves the way for an innovative approach to infrastructure design, for example by creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists by leading autonomous cars through a cost-efficient, small-dimension tunnel, according to says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group.
The illustration below, one among a series proposed by Bjorn Siesjo, City Architect of Gothenburg, shows a narrow, ‘flyover’ which creates a smooth integration of the autonomous car.
Parking areas can be optimised both in size and height – and unattractive land can be used for parking since distance becomes a less important issue.
The self-driving car can turn stressful commuting into a an opportunity for the driver to take care of things that frees up precious quality time after the drive.
The driver to be actively connected without jeopardising traffic safety.
An opportunity for the driver to use the time for something useful – like focusing on work while the car focuses on the driving.
A calm haven where the driver has the opportunity to use the time for something more pleasant than queuing – such as reading a story for a toddler.
The DriveMe project makes the City of Gothenburg the world’s first arena for self-driving cars in everyday driving conditions. Here, the City Architect of Gothenburg Björn Siesjö shares his and Gothenburg’s and vision of how self-driving vehicles can mix safely with other unprotected road users.