Auckland, NZ is preparing
Auckland began looking at the opportunities and risks associated with AVs early on, publishing in October 2015 a set of detailed scenarios considering future possibilities for automated transport systems. The study, which was prepared by experts at University College London and the University of Auckland, looked at four possible futures:
- Modest overall uptake of AVs having a limited impact
- Successful rollout of shared AVs, which become the dominant mode for urban travel
- Market-driven conversion of private vehicles to AV operation, resulting in a long transition and falling demand for public transport
- Thorough exploitation of AV technology in public transport systems, improving and expanding service substantially
In its 2016 Technology Strategy, Auckland Transport committed itself to continued planning of the development of a “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Strategy,” which is forthcoming.