On this blog we are not in the habit of talking about the pace of AV adoption as we focus mainly on the secondary effects of this adoption. That said, we are often asked if AV’s are imminent or even a true pending reality.
While we cannot say for certain when AV’s will be fully out and part of our daily lives, we believe the investments that have happened around AV technology by the large auto manufacturers should give any skeptics pause. The string of these types of investments over the last 18 months was just expanded significantly as Ford just bought a majority ownership of Argo – an AV startup – for $1 Billion.
While it is no guarantee, a $1 billion investment seems to be a fairly good indication that AV’s are no longer anywhere near the realm of science fiction. They are coming – and we would guess they are coming soon.
This makes the lack of planning and visioning of the secondary effects on cities, that much more pertinent and critical. Much work to be done.