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Let’s get real about self-driving cars: The transition will take a significant amount of time

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Today, driverless/autonomous/self-driving cars are a hot topic in conversations about the future of our urban areas. Many people reasonably expect that some variant of driverless cars will dominate our future urban transportation scene. However, there are strong reasons to have uncertain expectations about what exactly that transportation scene will finally look like, how long it will take to complete and how it will evolve over the intervening years. The analysis in this paper suggests that the path will be neither quick nor easy, and that the toughest issues will not be technological, but psychological, sociological and perhaps most importantly, political.
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Keywords: autonomous cars; driverless cars; self-driving cars; technology and urbanism; urban environment; urban future

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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  • Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal is the essential peer-reviewed journal for all professionals concerned with physical, economic and social regeneration of urban communities. It publishes in-depth articles and real world case studies on the latest strategy, policy making and current and best practice in the field. Guided by its expert Editor and Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles written by and for urban regeneration professionals analysing current and best practice in the planning, consultation, funding, delivery and long-term management of regeneration programmes, as well as the latest policy making, developments and research in the field.

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