Gothenburg to incorporate autonomous vehicles into urban planning

The Swedish city of Gothenburg has announced plans to examine the interaction between autonomous vehicles and sustainable, long-term urban planning.

As they explore the effects and benefits of autonomous vehicle technology, city planners will look at the future need for parking facilities, opportunities to enhance road safety and accessibility, and the likely implications for the use of public space.

The city believes it is the first in the world to examine the interdependencies between autonomous vehicle technology and long-term urban planning, through its project ‘Autonomous Vehicles as Part of the Deepening of the Comprehensive Plan for Central Gothenburg’.

Gothenburg’s City Planning Authority is leading the project, with the aim of examining the negative and positive impact of autonomous vehicles in relation to physical city planning.

“Through this project we are mapping and linking technological outcomes to our current urban planning system,” said Anna Svensson, project manager at the City Planning Authority.

“Based on the deepening of the city’s comprehensive plan, we can see how the new conditions that emanate from this technology will have a bearing on our potential to build a good, sustainable city. The lessons that we learn will also provide valuable data that can be passed on to those responsible for developing the technology.”

Agneta Hammer, Director of Gothenburg City Planning Authority, said: “We are still only at the beginning of what digitalisation could entail in the development of a sustainable city that allows people to live a good life.

“We are therefore pleased that Gothenburg is the first city in the world to examine how autonomous vehicles could, as part of the digitalisation process, create new opportunities for effective urban development.”