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NYC Mulls AVs’ Impact in Regional Streetscape Plan

The impending onslaught of autonomous vehicles is driving New York regional planners to consider how to best prepare the roads for them.

(TNS) -- Autonomous vehicles could have a place even in a subway city.

The emerging technology of driverless cars could complement New York’s transportation network of subways, buses and car services, according to a new report from the Regional Plan Association — that is if officials begin addressing the city’s traffic nightmare.

“It’s very clear for us in the city. We don’t see it as a supplement for public transit in very dense areas with finite street space like New York City,” said Rich Barone, vice president for transportation at the RPA. “However, we do see an opportunity to complement those services, especially on low-demand routes that don’t work for fixed transit,” meaning buses.

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