A futuristic fantasy or a soon to be reality on Vancouver streets?
Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs wants staff to study the impacts of autonomous and driverless cars.
“We want to look forward and see if the province does make the move in this regard what the consequences would be and one is about a third of the city’s land area is used for cars. Roads, parking, parking garages that kind of thing and so the possibility is there that we could really rethink how we use the city and make some huge moves in that regard.”
Meggs says several manufacturers have indicated that they expect to have fully automated vehicles available by 2020.
But Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 plan was adopted four years ago.
“And at that time there was only a single jurisdiction in the world that was contemplating driverless cars. But now it is turning into a global phenomenon. So the proposition is here is we should really get staff to update our thinking so that we don’t miss opportunities or make mistakes as this new technology comes forward.”
Testing is already being allowed in Ontario.