Article originally published in Smart Cities Drive.
Many transportation challenges in the U.S. are worse after pandemic lockdowns. Local leaders have a golden opportunity to leverage autonomous vehicles for more efficient, equitable systems.
Last year was the year that American cities became small. Almost overnight, New York fractured from a city of 20 million into millions of micro-cities — each household morphing into a schoolhouse, a yoga studio, a mediocre restaurant, and a workplace as quarantine orders took effect.
However, when we shuttered our downtowns, many forgot that the same systemic transportation challenges would be waiting when we returned. America’s mobility problems didn’t miraculously fade during quarantine, and many have become worse as we’ve begun reintegrating.