There is a narrow window to shape the spread of AVs. Cities could fall behind in the blink of an eye. But automation is also changing the automobile.  AVs can be designed for many more forms and functions, creating new opportunities to right-size vehicles for urban use. The driverless revolution is a profound opportunity for cities to press the reset button.

We help cities and their partners figure out how and where to start. What technologies, companies, and services are in the pipeline? Whom do they benefit and whom could they harm? How can cities prepare for their arrival and even shape their development? 

What 136 Cities’ Pilots Tell Us About AVs

How can cities harness AVs to solve pressing mobility challenges? What kinds of pilots can they undertake, and how should they run them? This web-based atlas, researched over two years, provides encyclopedic information on more than 135 cities across the globe that are preparing for AVs by conducting pilots or

AVs in Latin America: Un mundo sin conductores

This is a repost of an essay published in July 2019 on Moviliblog, the blog of the Transport group at the Inter-American Development Bank. It is presented in the original Spanish, with a link to an accurate Google translation. (Image: PSA Peugeot Citroen launches tests of an AV compact car


Automated Mobility: Beyond the Driverless Car

This talk, delivered in spring 2019 at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks campus to kick off TD Bank’s Future Cities Speaker Series, provided a tear-down of the big trends behind automated mobility and explored how new types of automated vehicles—very small and very large, very fast and very slow—will offer cities radical


A Journey On the Ghost Road

Google’s self-driving car project turns ten this year, but we’re as far away from a driverless future as ever. Or so it seems. In this sneak preview of the forthcoming book Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless car, Anthony Townsend explains how everything we’ve been told about autonomous vehicles is turning


Visions of A Better Self-Driving Future

The third and final output from our collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute on the Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles was a set of four scenarios. Published in collaboration with the National League of Cities, these scenarios showcasing how a variety of vehicle types and services will


Automated Vehicles 101: A Primer for Cities

In 2017, we developed a primer for 10 global cities working with the Bloomberg Philanthropies on long-term planning for AVs. This briefing book (PDF) offers insights on the big trends taking shape in AVs, and the consensus among experts about the nature and pace of future developments over the next 15-20 years.


Re-Programming Mobility:

The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States After decades of anticipation, digital technologies are beginning to have a major impact on the way Americans travel – from deciding when and where to take trips, to selecting modes and planning routes, and coordinating with others while on the go.