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Emerging Technologies are changing how we live, move, and spend time in cities. Explore each of these innovations and learn about their current state of development, deployment considerations, and how we are using them now, as well as how we may be using them in the future.


Potential impacts

There are five main categories of urban, suburban, and rural life which are being affected by new technologies. Explore these categories to discover how considerations within each category might be impacted.

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Broad implications

In addition to physical impacts, emerging technologies are likely to have far-reaching social and environmental implications for our communities. Learn how emerging technologies may impact the topics listed below.

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What to do

How can we maximize the benefits and reduce the risks that come with new technologies? How can we leverage emerging technologies to achieve community goals? Investigate how our policies, programs, investments and designs need to change, and what various communities have done to date.



Communication and sharing of knowledge is key for sound decision-making around these emerging topics. The Resources section brings you the latest developments, materials for continuing the conversation with others, plus an in-depth bank of research on these topics.


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Nico Larco
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Urbanism Next Center Director and Professor Nico Larco testified during the congressional hearing, "The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles." Professor Larco highlighted the work of Urbanism Next and the potential cascading impacts of autonomous vehicles.

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AARP Public Policy Institute, RAND Corporation and Urbanism Next collaborated to better understand the ways in which shared mobility and AVs will be impacting older adults. Through a review of literature, interviews with public and private sector players in this arena, and a roundtable with over 25 experts from around the country, the project team developed a framework that identifies a range of factors around new mobility and AVs that will be affecting older adults’ mobility, independence and safety. The framework is a guide for governments and private sector companies to help them think broadly about impacts, understand barriers, and can serve as an internal checklist to guide future policy, research and development.

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Urbanism Next

Using experience from working on the Knight AV Initiative, Urbanism Next created this white paper to provide a foundation for public sector agencies to approach autonomous vehicle deployment and policy with a focus on equity. This report outlines ways that public agencies can identify community needs and shape deployment to ensure that AVs will be accessible for all. 

Report – Academic
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Before the pandemic, Urbanism Next developed a framework organizing the disruptions to cities caused by emerging transportation technologies on land use, urban design, building design, transportation, and real estate. COVID-19 has disrupted the trajectory of these emerging technologies and will, in turn, change some our original assumptions. This paper revisits the original Urbanism Next framework, taking into account the cascading impacts of the pandemic. This report is one of two reports completed by Urbanism Next on the impacts of Covid-19.

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