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8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities

Could self-driving cars bring on more affordable housing? Should car companies slap a “warning label” on private autos? At a national summit of mobility leaders, some big thoughts came up.
In Pittsburgh, the driverless future is already (kind of) here.
In Pittsburgh, the driverless future is already (kind of) here. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

It’s not easy to plan for a world-changing technology that’s both 4 and 40 years away.

But that was the charge to the delegates of the National Summit on Design and Urban Mobility—a convening focused almost solely on anticipating autonomous vehicles, organized by the American Architectural Foundation. For a whirlwind 36 hours in Pittsburgh’s downtown board rooms, more than 100 U.S. local leaders, transport commissioners, engineers, mobility operators, automakers, researchers, and consultants hammered out hopes, fears, and bright ideas for shaping cities when “drive” is no longer an active verb.