The introduction of driverless technology poses a lot of questions. How will autonomous cars coexist with regular cars? How can we make sure that they don't get confused by damaged signs or unpredictable pedestrians? New York City specifically brings a slew of additional questions. The city is full of badly marked streets, construction zones, and other obstacles. In addition, New York is already flooded with more personal vehicles than it can handle, and adding an influx of autonomous vehicles would arguably make the problem much worse.
In spite of all these challenges, the potential positive impact for New York City is enormous, and the technology is fast approaching. Blank Space partnered with the City of New York to ensure that NYC receives all of the benefits of the technology, and plans for any potential problems. Blank Space recently unveiled 12 wide-ranging solutions to help prepare NYC for autonomous transportation. Some proposals maximize public space to create a pedestrian-first city, while others focus on autonomous deliveries, saving time and removing traffic-congesting trucks from the road. Other solutions include improving emergency services, mapping city streets, improving traffic patterns, and optimizing traffic lights.
"The solutions show that AVs have the power to make our cities, safer, greener, and more efficient, for all citizens," says Matthew Hoffman, Founder of Blank Space. "The solutions vary dramatically in size but their ambition is undeniable. These are thought-provoking ideas that charter a new era for New York City."
The twelve solutions were submitted in response to the Driverless Future Challenge, an open international competition hosted by Blank Space in partnership with the City of New York. They received high marks from a jury of experts from the NYC Mayor's Office, IDEO, Mercedes-Benz, and the Design Trust for Public Space. Explore the video submissions here: driverlessfuture.nyc