Driverless vehicles would free up 6,300ha of land in London, according to a new report by Arcadis.
Its Citizens in Motion report claims that 180,000 new homes could be built on space reclaimed from car parks and parking spcaes, if autonomous vehicles were rolled out in the capital.
While saying there is no “one size fits all” answer to introducing driveless vehicles around the UK, the report suggests that 80% of space lost to congestion and and parking could be reclaimed.
Arcadis UK cities director Peter Hogg said: “London is grappling with congestion, overcrowded transport, poor air quality, and the need to improve the citizen experience.
“As we move towards mega-city status by 2040, these mobility challenges are going to become increasingly prevalent.
“While the proliferation of driverless technology is inevitable, what isn’t yet clear is what shape it will take in London.”
He added: “We have the opportunity now to be on the front-foot; how London embraces CAV will be a key fork in the road that will either enhance or frustrate how well London performs economically.
“From building CAV into the city planning process, to incentivisation, regulation and licensing, true success will only come if we can recognise and respond proactively to CAV disruption in a way that works specifically for London and – most importantly – its citizens.”
The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles has already provided over £250M to make the UK a premier development location.
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