For many of us, the term “driverless technology” evokes a futuristic image of a car zipping down a freeway all on its own.
But right now, another type of autonomous vehicle—a small, box-shaped shuttle—is already shaping the way we move and plan, putting masterplanned communities on the fast track to becoming early beneficiaries of autonomous vehicle technology.
Of the many moving parts in the creation, design and development of a masterplanned community, architect Chris Maher of Hames Sharley explains that there are four key areas: planning and design; community; innovation and economics and, finally, governance.
“By considering all these aspects of a masterplanned community thoroughly and looking at integrating factors such as transport across each one, urban designers and planners develop a deeper understanding of the issues,” Maher said.
“Ultimately, this leads to a better-resolved master plan and more successful, sustainable place outcome, for all stakeholders.”