Autonomous Vehicles Resources

The world is in the early stages of an automated vehicle (AV) revolution, and many questions remain about how this technology will be deployed. But if the 20th Century taught us anything, we know that transportation revolutions have a profound impact for good and ill on the built environment. 

CNU members and their allies are visionaries who understand how to design and build people-oriented places that benefit communities, the economy, and the environment. CNU is at the forefront of designing places for people first, and AVs and other vehicles second. 

This page has resources for that momentous challenge.

Overview of Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Measuring the Potential Impact
in the Transportation Model

Victoria Transport Policy Institute- February 27, 2017

  • This report explores the impacts that autonomous (also called self-driving, driverless or robotic) vehicles are likely to have on travel demands and transportation planning.

Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

National Association of City Transportation Officials- Fall 2017

  • This Blueprint outlines a vision for cities in a future where automated transportation is both accepted as widespread as part of the built environment. As a vision, it sets out to inspire policy makers and practitioners to challenge basic asumptions of design traffic operations, and engineering a to project a vision that builds on progress, yet takes advantage of technological possibilities.

Driverless Cars and the Disruptions They Will Bring

Governing- May 8, 2017

  • In planning for an autonomous-vehicle future, governments need to pay attention to the broader picture.

The Next Big Step in Self Driving Cars Was Just Announced

The Atlantic- July 26, 2017

  • Unlike some other technologies, the development of autonomous vehicles is right on schedule.

China’s Autonomous “Rail Bus” Uses Sensors to Move Along a Road

Curbed- November 6, 2017

  • World's first unmanned smart electric bus trials in south China.

When Autonomous Cars Take to the Road
Be ready; it may happen soon.

American Planning Association- May 2017

  • What self-driving cars will mean to drivers and the rest of us.


National Conference of State Legislation

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures brings you up-to-date, real-time information about state autonomous vehicle legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Taming the Autonomous Vehicle: A Primer for Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Aspen Institute​- March 2017

  • The Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles will help 10 leading global cities better prepare for the era of autonomous vehicles. The initiative is one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation programs that equip mayors and other city leaders with the tools and techniques they need to solve urban challenges and improve citizens’ lives.

Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide

National League of Cities

  • The number and complexity of issues that city officials and regulators have confronted in 2016 will continue to grow. This will be exacerbated by the continued promise of deployment of autonomous vehicles on our roads and the increased comingling of varying levels of automated vehicles with traditional non-autonomous vehicles.

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution In Roadway Safety

United States Department of Transportation- September 2017

  • This Policy was issued as agency guidance rather than in a rulemaking in order to speed the delivery of an initial regulatory framework and best practices to guide manufacturers and other entities in the safe design, development, testing, and deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles.

APA’s knowledgebase

  • Constantly updated database of autonomous vehicle information gathered by the American Planning Association.