The introduction of autonomy into urban environments creates a unique opportunity to do things differently. This, writes Maya Pindeus (CEO and co-Founder of Humanising Autonomy) requires us to encourage a human-centered perspective towards urban mobility and to step away from traditional urban planning models.
2050 does outline a promising future but also creates the danger of turning this future into a dystopian vision. The good news is that it is in our hands to define an approach that develops cities we actually want to live in. Let’s do a thought experiment: How will our future selves in 2050 look back at today’s cities; what would we want to keep, change, and improve? In order to figure out the best approach when designing the future of mobility, we might want to take a step back and have a critical look at today’s cities and think about how we can use emerging trends in technology to make things better. If we encourage a bottom-up approach — and develop an autonomous future with the human in mind, we will hopefully be able to avoid repeating mistakes from our past and build an autonomous future we would enjoy.