Congrats on getting married and celebrating the moment on public transit! That’s super duper dope!
they could even go a step further and rip out the tracks and put the vehicles on rubber wheels, in a similar vein to the Montreal metro.
Emily Badger had some good thoughts
However, I also feel like there is sometimes a false dichotomy that is constructed between AVs and public transportation. There are vast swathes of Brooklyn and Queens that have no subway access, and the bus system is not very reliable. AVs owned and operated as mass transit probably have some part to play in providing better service in situations like these.
To me, AVs represents basic violations of accessibility and equity. AVs promise autonomy without addressing key equity issues. A basic proof of equity would be to demonstrate that an Autonomous vehicle can drive “autonomously” on “all” streets in a city - not just the few that have been paved and ploughed and marked.
Uber tried to “navigate” away from these issues with Mayor Peduto when asking that the city prioritize the ploughing of certain streets over others.
Alphabet via Sidewalk Labs effectively implying that they need to own the entire infrastructure supply chain to ensure autonomy.
Waymo testing in places like Tempe, AZ where residential roadways are effectively highways and not representative of median urban traffic conditions.
China’s Pony AI doing interesting things but knowing China, they’ll probably make it a federal offense punishable by death if anyone even accidentally vandalizes a street sign that ends up disrupting an autonomous trip
All for fixed route AVs aka Buses.
I just spent some time in LA which as far as I understand one of the first major cities to massively adopt cars at the beginning of the 20th century. It is such a decentralized, variegated place, that I feel like it is a pretty good example of what the AV city will be like, although without the need to find parking, and probably roadways will increasingly dissolve into other types of shared public space.
You will find an audience with Robin Chase and her R.A.T. thesis.