Flying vehicles have dominated the visions of futuristic transportation for decades. Despite its appeal, flying technology has not significantly evolved. Meanwhile advances in communication, sensors, and artificial intelligence have brought a different major transportation leap within our reach: autonomous vehicles. As engineers are swiftly developing autonomous vehicle technology, other disciplines such as architects and urban planners should be considering how to positively weave the imminent changes into the fabric of our cities. Successful cities of the future will take full advantage of what this technology has to offer.
With countless possibilities to imagine, IIT’s Driverless City Project, led by Marshall Brown (currently Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure at Princeton), researched how autonomous vehicles could affect mobility, urbanism, and social life, including delivery, parking, commuter, and street space. The team approached Crucial Detail’s Martin Kastner to collaborate on the design of a scenario building game introducing the complexities of the swiftly approaching future. In Mr. Brown’s blog post about our collaboration, he explains the concept of the Driverless City Scenario Builder.