NACTO report says jaywalking might become legal

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Will crosswalks become obsolete with the introduction of autonomous cars? Image source: Shutterstock (#616575683).

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a report that shows what the world could look like for pedestrians in the era of autonomous vehicles. With all cars using detection technology, people should be free to cross streets anywhere, not just at intersections, which might become obsolete.

“We have a historic opportunity to reclaim the street and to correct the mistakes of a century of urban planning,” Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO’s chair, said.

If self-driving cars were limited to drive at around 20 miles per hour, jaywalking might even become legal. What is certain is that self-driving technology will change the way streets function in society, and that urban mobility will most likely be safer as well as more reliable.

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