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September 12, 2018

How will autonomous vehicles reshape Puget Sound region?

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Autonomous vehicles could allow cities to reduce the space devoted to cars, and increase space for plants and people.

AIA Seattle's Urban Design Forum will hold a free panel discussion about how autonomous vehicles will reshape the Puget Sound region from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at 1010 Western Ave. in Seattle.

The organizers said autonomous vehicles will start hitting the streets around 2025, gain public acceptance by 2030 and largely replace non-autonomous vehicles by 2040-2045.

The panel will discuss how cities and regions can guide the expansion of AVs in a sustainable manner.

Some people see AVs as a solution to problems with parking, commuting and congestion, but UDF said the technology could potentially increase both sprawl and traffic, and eviscerate mass transit.

Panelists are Jonathan Hopkins of Commute Seattle, Evan Corey Costagliola of Seattle Department of Transportation, Darren Lamberti of Navya and Jerome Unterreiner of HOK. The moderator is Dylan Glosecki of VIA Architecture.

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