Autonomous Vehicles and Retail Design
If you have bought a car in the last two years, chances are it is already automated – or it is at least equipped for automation. If it self-parks, alerts you when lane drifting occurs, or brakes automatically, you’re already living in an AV world. It just feels like we haven’t gotten there yet. In addition to primed technology, society is slowly shifting to a preference for autonomous transit. Ride sharing apps are a clear signal that we are moving away from a driver’s society toward a passenger society. Being transported – be it in a Lyft, Uber, train, or bus – is a preference for many.
So how will this shift in transit infrastructure affect the retail landscape? Once again, that change has already begun in many ways. A reduced need for parking spaces allocates more room for drop-off zones. Today, we design porte cocheres, lobbies, and multiple points of entry to accommodate ride sharing, and smaller retail storefront foot prints.The design decisions we are making with our clients today are priming mixed-use developments for a fully automated world over the next 10, 20, or 30 years.
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